Cheat Sheet – Nightwing

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Name: Richard John ‘Dick’ Grayson

Aliases: Robin (The Boy Wonder), Nightwing, Batman

Alignment: Good

Affiliations: Bat-family, Teen Titans, Outsiders, Justice League, Batman Inc.

Publisher: DC

Creators: Writers – Bob Kane and Bill Finger, Artist – Jerry Robinson (ha, ‘Robin’son)

First Appearance: Detective Comics #38 (1940)

Origin Story:

Dick Grayson was the youngest member of ‘The Flying Grayson’s, a family of trapeze performers in Haly’s Circus that consisted of him and his parents. While on tour in Gotham city, crime lord Tony Zucco threatened the circus over protection money the owner refused to pay. Later that night, Zucco cut the wires of the trapeze causing Dick’s parents to fall to their death as he and Gotham’s elite (including Bruce Wayne) watched.

Bruce took Dick under his care, adopting him as his ward. However, frustrated by the lack of attention and mystery surrounding his parents death, he snuck out of Wayne Manor to solve the case himself, only to run into Batman. After returning to the Batcave, Bruce reveals his identity, after seeing himself in his ward; losing his parents at a young age and a thirst for justice. Dick took the name Robin (as his mother used to call him her ‘little Robin’) as he trained under Batman’s wing (well, cape).

As he grew older, Dick grew out of the shadow of the Bat and they had a falling out. Unsure of what to do, he turned to Superman, who gave him the idea to become a hero in his own right, Nightwing.

Following Batman’s supposed death in ‘Final Crisis’, ‘Batman: RIP’ and ‘Battle for the Cowl’, Dick assumed the Batman mantle, with Damian Wayne at his side as Robin.

During the events of ‘Forever Evil’, Nightwing’s identity was revealed, forcing him to retire the superhero gig and become a secret agent instead.

Powers/Abilities/Weapons:

Being raised as an acrobat from birth as well having trained under Batman, Dick is equipped with a variety of skills:

  • Master Detective – on par with the Dark Knight himself
  • Master Acrobat
  • Master Martial Artist – one of DC’s best fighters
  • Peak Human Conditioning
  • Multi-lingual
  • Skilled Leader

Like his mentor, he carries around a multitude of gadgets to help with his crime fighting (too many to name), however he is most notably known to use his two Eskrima sticks during his time as Nightwing.

Other Stuff

  • Has had two engagements which both fell through; to Starfire and Barbara Gordon
  • By his own admission, has a thing for redheads
  • Has had a one night stand with Huntress
  • His Nightwing costume is based off his father’s circus costume and colleague Boston Brand’s Deadman suit
  • Robin was introduced as a way to attract young readers to Batman, which worked

Recommended Reading:

  • Robin: Year One
  • Nightwing: Year One
  • Batman: Battle for the Cowl
  • Batman: The Black Mirror
  • Nightwing Vol. 1
  • Grayson (current series)
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