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Dick Grayson (born c. 1990)[1][2] is a detective for the Detroit Police Department and a former trapeze artist at Haly's Circus as part of The Flying Graysons alongside his parents. After they were tragically murdered by a Gotham City mobster named Tony Zucco, he was adopted by billionaire Bruce Wayne/Batman, who trained him to become his crimefighting partner: the vigilante known as Robin, until, many years later, he gave up that position.

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

Dick was born to John and Mary Grayson. When he was old enough, he began performing at Haly's Circus with them, as part of the trapeze act The Flying Graysons. However, one day, a rope snapped, causing Dick's parents to fall to their death. Shortly after his parents' death, Dick was informed that Bruce Wayne has offered to take Dick in as his adopted parent, while Dick was also informed that his parents' death might not have been an accident.[3][1]

Soon after, Dick arrived at his new home at Wayne Manor, and after looking around his new room and closet, Dick decided to run away and proceeded to jump out his bedroom window and flip down from the tree, leaving, while Bruce watched from inside the manor. Dick's attempt to run away was foiled, and he decided to give this new life a second chance. After looking around at the cars in the manor's garage, Dick decided to go for a joyride in Bruce's Porsche, which led to a chase between Dick and two Gotham Police cars. Dick was eventually caught and warned that if it weren't for Bruce's influence, Dick could've been in jail. Dick returned to the manor, and after seemingly about to try and run away again, Dick read a letter for him from Bruce, offering to help him deal with his grief.[1]

At his parents' funeral, Dick expressed his wish to stay with Clayton Williams, a family friend from the circus, but Clay told him that Bruce was the better option.[2]

Training to be RobinEdit

After this, Dick was trained to be Bruce's sidekick and eventually became Robin. During his career as Robin, he met other vigilantes in Gotham City, Hawk, and Dove, and while Bruce told Dick to stay away from the two, he still decided to help them in fighting crime. It is also implied that he had a relationship with Dawn that didn't end well.[4] During this time, Dick grew to idolize Batman, even thinking of him as a hero.[3]

Robin watches Tony Zucco die

Dick watches Tony die.

Sometimes, Diana Prince/Wonder Woman would attend Justice League business at the Wayne Manor and would bring Donna Troy/Wonder Girl to accompany her. At some point, Dick met her and the two formed a sibling-like bond. Donna would often offer him advice whenever things seemed too complicated or stressful for him.[5]

In 2016, having discovered Tony Zucco to be his parents' killer, Dick had Wayne Enterprises help find him, allowing the FBI to arrest him. However, when they decided to let him go relatively scot-free, Robin ambushed his convoy, beating Zucco senseless. They were interrupted by members of the Maroni crime family, who shot Tony for snitching, killing him.[2]

Moving away from Batman and meeting RachelEdit

After some years, Dick eventually grew disdainful of Batman, believing him to be too violent. In 2017, he chose leave him for Detroit, transferring from the Gotham Police Department as a detective to the Detroit Police Department.[3]

A month after moving to Detroit, Dick began snooping out Tyler Hackett, who had child abuse charges against him dropped. He was introduced to his partner, Detective Amy Rohrbach, initially acting fairly cold towards her. That night, he put on the Robin suit, interrupting a drug deal between Hackett and a dealer, beating them all up, most particularly Hackett himself. He returned home, cleaning his suit and getting ready for work. Arriving at work, he discovered that the police were already aware of Robin's activity the previous night. Later that day, he checked if Detective Rohrbach had any updates, though she was merely surprised he was talking to her. Their conversation was interrupted when Dick was called to deal with a wayward youth, Rachel Roth, who was able to identify Dick as "the boy from the circus". When she asked for help, he simply told her he couldn't, also reminding her she'd still get charged for damaging a police car. Rachel finally admitted that her mother had been murdered, piquing Dick's interest and morally forcing him to help her out. He went outside to process his thoughts, running into Amy, who asked all about his previous partner and Dick's motives for moving to the city. Receiving a call from Traverse City PD, confirming Rachel's mother's death, he went back into her interrogation room, but she was gone. He rushed outside to find her unconscious in the back of a police car. He frantically followed in his own car, finding the building in which she was being held. Eventually finding the room, the door slammed shut. When he finally got it open, Dick found Rachel's captor on the ground, surrounded in blood. Finally taking it seriously, Dick decided to help Rachel out, promising to take her somewhere safe.[3]

After briefly stopping for some coffee near Middleburg Heights, Ohio, Rachel and Dick had a conversation regarding what had happened, but Rachel had no idea how she'd killed the man. Sensing Rachel's distress consoled Raven. They drove until nightfall, stopping for the night at Interstate 80 Motel. Dick headed out for some pizza, returning home to find Rachel in shock, consoling her. The following day they headed to Dawn Granger and Hank Hall's place in Washington, D.C., where Dick explained the situation to Dawn. They were interrupted by Hank, who was angry to see Dick. That night, Dick talked with Rachel, who questioned him as to why he'd hurt Dawn, as she could empathetically sense it, but Dick refused to answer properly. He then called Alfred Pennyworth, hoping to get some money transferred in order to pay Dawn and Hank to look after Rachel. The following morning, he went to the federal reserve to pick it up. When Dawn and Rachel arrived back from a day out, Dick talked to Dawn about the idea, but she didn't like it. Hank suddenly arrived home and saw Dawn holding Dick's arm, causing the two men to get into a physical altercation, only to be stopped by a sonic scream from Rachel. Dick and Rachel talked again that night, Rachel urging him to help Dawn out on her vigilante excursion that night. Dick eventually came round, saving Hawk and Dove from a large group of armed thugs. They headed back to the apartment, finding Rachel on the rooftop. Dick attempted to explain himself, but Rachel could sense Dick still lying. They were suddenly interrupted by a family, who proceeded to instigate a fight. This ultimately led to Dick and Dawn flying off the building. While Dick was able to grab onto the ledge, Dawn was unsuccessful, much to the horror of Dick.[4]

Mentor of a teamEdit

Visiting Dawn in hospital, Dick promised Hank to find the people responsible for her injuries. Dick received a call from a police officer, informing him of Rachel's whereabouts, while also informing him of Detective Rohrbach's death. Stopping at a crime scene that Rachel had been at, he gathered evidence and followed a number plate of the car driven by Rachel's savior, Kory Anders. Dick finally caught up with them at Scooters Roller Skating Rink. After Rachel had a demonic freakout, they headed to Saint Paul's Convent, where Rachel chose to stay for some time. While inside, Kory stole Dick's car. He found her in a storage facility, noticing all of her evidence regarding Rachel. They suddenly felt an earthquake, seeing smoke coming from the direction of the convent, as well as seeing copious ravens flying overhead.[1]

The two of them headed back to the orphanage, where they found half of it having been blown up, along with the head nun injured. She explained that Rachel had escaped, despite them trying their best to keep her safe. They instead headed to the Covington Police Department, Dick showing his badge and a photo of Rachel. The attending officer told him of a man has come in describing a girl of her description, giving Dick the man's name and address. Dick and Kory headed there, but when he refused to talk to another cop, Dick entered the man's home and beat him up, before realizing they were being watched by his young son. The man gave Kory the only possible location of Rachel he could think of, the Caulder house on Danny Street. The two headed there, running into three of its occupants. However, Dick heard screaming, running to find Rachel engulfed in darkness. He definitively promised to never leave her again, before they embraced. Shortly following, the group left, joined by Gar Logan.[6]

Trading Dick's Porsche in for a minivan, they made their way to Do-Si-Do Motel, where they hoped to lay low. Deciding they needed to know how to work best with each other, they found a warehouse and demonstrated their abilities to one another. However, Dick refused to actually show them anything. That night, Kory and Dick admired as Gar and Rachel bonded. After, when they'd all returned to their rooms, Dick helped Rachel to take down a mirror, scared of her demonic reflection. Shortly following, Dick took a shower, and after he got out, was interrupted by Kory, who'd brought some tequila. Determined to get him to open up, Kory came on to Dick and the two had sex. However, he remained guarded despite this. Right after Kory left, Dick was attacked by "Nuclear Mom" and "Nuclear Stepdad". He fought them off, but "Nuclear Stepdad" ran at Dick, sending him flying through the window and on to a car below, momentarily knocking Dick out. When Dick came to, he opened his case to put on his Robin suit, helping to overpower the Nuclear family. They tied them up and attempted to get information out of them, but to no avail. Dick went outside and found their car, using their cell phone to locate Dr. Adamson in Chicago, Illinois. Dick traveled there, hoping to get answers as to why he was targeting Rachel, but they were promptly ambushed by a group of soldiers trying to kill them. However, they were quickly rescued by Jason Todd.[7]

Dick stops Jason from hurting the cops

Dick scolds Jason for using brutal tactics.

Giving up Robin's mantleEdit

The two of them took Adamson's unconscious body to a safehouse. On the way there, Jason told Dick all about how he'd become Robin, also making him aware of the trackers that both of them had in their arms, unbeknownst to Dick. When they arrived at the safehouse, Dick removed his tracker, simultaneously talking to Kory and telling them to join him at the safehouse. Before he could leave, Jason told Dick why he was truly there, and how someone had been hunting down his former circus friends, using hydrofluoric acid. He used a computer to find the whereabouts of the one remaining circus performer, Clayton Williams, leaving his friends behind while Jason joined him. They travelled to Corvo in Milwaukee, Jason unable to enter due to his age. Dick approached Clayton, surprising him, causing Clay to squeeze him tightly. The two talked and Dick explained his visit, before he noticed Jason entering a fight, having made his way into the speakeasy. Breaking it up, there was a sudden explosion from outside. In the meanwhile, Dick received a call from Nick Zucco, revealing his identity and revealing that he'd since taken Clay. Dick put on his Robin suit and headed to a warehouse, finding a strung up Clayton. Before Nick could do any real harm, Jason attacked him from behind, Dick then knocking him out. As this happened, police entered the scene. Jason brutally beat them down, stopped only by Dick, who scolded him for his intense violence. Returning Clayton to his home, he helped clean up his acid wound.[2]

Dick burns the Robin suit

Dick burns the Robin suit.

After Adamson told Rachel about her birth mother being alive and held in an asylum, Rachel left to find her alongside Gar causing Dick and Kory to follow them. After reaching the asylum, they were captured and Dick was mentally tortured by showing him his dark past. He had a realization that he had blamed Bruce and Zucco for making him a violent and ruthless person, when in reality it was he himself responsible for it. Dick was soon rescued by Rachel, Gar and Rachel's mother; before they escaped, they also freed Kory and Dick taked out an entire horde of guards. Kory blew up the asylum, while Dick burned his Robin suit, giving up the mantle for good.[8]

PersonalityEdit

As a result of having witnessed the brutal murder of his family as a child and his subsequent upbringing by Bruce Wayne, Dick has developed a profoundly thick skin topped by a near-impenetrable suit of emotional armor to keep himself protected from the world at large. Dour, stoic, humorless, introverted and deadpan, Dick typically forgoes most human contact and keeps his feelings to himself. He does not get along very well with people, many of whom perceive him as rude, stubborn, anti-social, prickly and disrespectful. However he does have a soft-spot for children, especially runaways as he identifies with them, and with a select few people who have proven themselves trustworthy, such as his late partner Amy Rohrbach.[3] He has no relationships beyond his former circus friends or a few others like Donna Troy,[5] and has thus far exhibited no interest in pursuing a romantic relationship with anyone. Because of his circus upbringing, Dick places great value on family, believing it to be central to his world.

Dick has a very clear sense of justice befitting a vigilante as well as a strong moral compass; that good people must be protected and criminals must be punished.[3]

Dick's outer persona however hides a far darker side, a side which almost always come out when he becomes Robin. When this happens, all of Dick's repressed rage, hatred, anger and pain is released at once and he becomes completely devoid of restraint or morality when engaging criminals or villains, inflicting pain and injuries on them so monstrously horrific that most who cross his path run from him automatically. This side of Dick is not, however, evil, merely merciless and absolute for he does not harm innocents regardless of the situation and works daily to deny it for it is the side of him that Batman cultivated and encouraged most.

AbilitiesEdit

  • Peak human physical condition: Due to his training with Batman, Dick Grayson's body is at the peak of human condition. He has displayed peak human strength, speed, stamina, agility, reflexes, and endurance because of his extensive training. Dick has been shown jumping off of a building and landing onto cars without any discomfort.[3] His condition also allowed him to keep up with and even defeat beings with enhanced abilities (such as the Nuclear Family).
  • Marter Hand-to-hand combat/Martial arts: Dick is an extremely skilled martial artist due to years of crime-fighting with Batman. Dick is able to take down armed groups of thugs by using his combat skills [3] and was also able to hold his own against the enhanced individuals such as Nuclear Mom and Nuclear Dad.
    • Staff fighting: Dick possesses great stick fighting skills and is able to take down armed assailants with just his bo staff.[3]
    • Marksmanship: Dick has impressive marksmanship and has demonstrated this ability with his specialized shuriken.[3]
  • Acrobatics: Dick was trained as a trapeze artist as a child and has developed many acrobatic skills. He is able to use these skills in combat, allowing him to dodge incoming attacks. He also possesses skill in freerunning and parkour, allowing him to scale buildings and even trees for quick and easy travel.[3]
  • Leadership: Dick's combat training as a child gave him the skills necessary to lead his new alliance even though two of the members have never participated in the battle.[7]
  • Driving: Dick is an impressive driver, even prior to having a license, he was able to drive a Porsche while being chased by police.[1]

EquipmentEdit

  • Birdcomputer: Dick uses a computer outfitted with Wayne Enterprises technology (jokingly nicknamed the "birdcomputer" by Dove) to gather information.[1]

Former equipmentEdit

  • Robin suit: Dick wore a protective suit whenever he's out fighting crime as Robin. But the latter later gave up the mantle of Robin thus discarded and burned the suit.[3]
    • Briefcase: Dick possessed a briefcase to carry his suit. It can only be opened by passing a fingerprint and retinal scan.[3]
  • Shuriken: Dick used specialized shuriken that are shaped in his Robin symbol. They were capable of penetrating concrete, making them strong weapons. One of them is R shaped and is installed as the symbol on his chest plate.[3]
  • Grappling device: Dick used a technologically advanced grappling hook as part of his crime-fighting arsenal. The grapple line was strong enough to yank fully grown humans into the air, notably allowing him to separate enemies from their groups. As the device is primarily a traversal tool, Dick often used it to to scale buildings in mere minutes, if not seconds.[3]
  • Smoke bombs: Dick used smoke bombs when fighting crime, such as when he took down Tyler Hackett and a number of thugs.[3]
  • Bo staff: Dick used a bo staff when fighting crime.[3] But later on while fighting the Nuclear Family the bo staff was broken into two.[7]

AppearancesEdit

TitansEdit

Season 1Edit

GalleryEdit

Promotional imagesEdit

TitansEdit

Season 1Edit

TriviaEdit

  • Dick's phone number is 313-555-0165.[9]

Behind the scenesEdit

  • In the DC comics, Dick Grayson is a vigilante known as Nightwing, leader of the Titans, and formerly known as Robin.
  • Dick Grayson's first appearance in the comics was Detective Comics #38 (1940).
  • Dick's Bo-Staff and R shuriken are more associated with the Tim Drake version of the character in the comics.
  • This is the eighth live-action depiction of Dick Grayson, previous live-action appearances of the character include Batman (1943 serial), Batman and Robin (1949 serial), Batman (1966 TV series), Batman: The Movie (1966), Legends of the Superheroes (1979), Batman Forever (1995), and Batman & Robin (1997).

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Hatem, Richard, Johns, Geoff, Mukerjee, Marisha, Walker, Greg (writers) & Sullivan, Kevin Rodney (director) (October 26, 2018). "Origins". Titans. Season 1. Episode 3. DC Universe.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Hatem, Richard, Thomas, Jeffrey David (writers) & Banker, Carol (director) (November 16, 2018). "Jason Todd". Titans. Season 1. Episode 6. DC Universe.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 Goldsman, Akiva, Johns, Geoff, Berlanti, Greg (writers) & Anderson, Brad (director) (October 12, 2018). "Titans". Titans. Season 1. Episode 1. DC Universe.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Goldsman, Akiva (writer) & Anderson, Brad (director) (October 19, 2018). "Hawk and Dove". Titans. Season 1. Episode 2. DC Universe.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Hatem, Richard, Mukerjee, Marisha (writers) & Frazee, David (director) (November 30, 2018). "Donna Troy". Titans. Season 1. Episode 8. DC Universe.
  6. Johns, Geoff (writer) & Fawcett, John (director) (November 2, 2018). "Doom Patrol". Titans. Season 1. Episode 4. DC Universe.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Hill, Bryan Edward, Stanton, Gabrielle (writers) & Menon, Meera (director) (November 9, 2018). "Together". Titans. Season 1. Episode 5. DC Universe.
  8. Hill, Bryan Edward, Walker, Greg (writers) & Kalymnios, Alex (director) (November 23, 2018). "Asylum". Titans. Season 1. Episode 7. DC Universe.
  9. TBA (writer) & Vrvilo, Maja (director) (December 14, 2018). "Koriand'r". Titans. Season 1. Episode 10. DC Universe.