Dick Grayson was the youngest son of two circus acrobats and was part of the family act called “The Flying Graysons.” One night, Dick overheard the owner of the circus and a mob boss called Antony Zucco arguing. Zucco threatened to harm the circus performers unless the owner payed extortion money. The owner refused and that night Dick watched his parent’s high wire’s snap and plummet to their death. Dick feels responsible for their deaths because he did not warn them in time.
Bruce Wayne, who is secretly the superhero Batman, takes Dick Grayson in as his legal ward. Frustrated by the lack of attention from his new guardian and the mystery still surrounding his parents death, a naive Dick snuck out of Wayne Manor to solve the murder of his parents, armed with only his bravery and amazing acrobatics. While away away from the Manor, Dick runs into Batman, who is also investigating the murder of Dick’s parents. Dick and Batman find Zucco but he appears to die of a heart attack; it is later revealed that Zucco is still alive and confined to a ventilator. Seeing a reflection of himself in Dick, Bruce revealed his secret identity to him and began training the young man as his protege. Through Batman's training, Dick became proficient in many forms of combat, developed detection and evasion abilities, and improved upon his already impressive acrobatic skill. At the conclusion of the training, Dick had to undergo one final test to prove himself a worthy and able assistant to the Batman.
After months of grueling training, Dick was ready to take Batman’s final test, “The Gauntlet”. Dick had to elude the Dark Knight on the streets of Gotham City for one night from sundown to sun up, without any outside help. Dick succeeded, simultaneously bringing gangster Joe Minette to justice. Following this victory, Dick took to the streets as Batman’s full-fledged partner crime-fighter, Robin the Boy wonder.
Dick enjoyed his first years as Robin describing it as an adventure; he fought villains such as Penguin, Joker, Mr. Freeze and Scarecrow. His so-called adventure would turn into a hellish nightmare when Two-Face kidnapped the new District Attorney and Batman, each suspended from a hangman’s noose in a double gallows death trap. Batman told Robin to save the D.A, Robin obeys Batman and throws a batarang that cuts the rope holding the D.A, it works, but Robin dose not take into account Dents obsession with killing the D.A, it was a two-fold trap and the floor gives way before Robin can get to him, Robin jumps into the water after the D.A but is pulled out by Two-face. Robin is surprised by this and received a very savage beating from Two-Face as a restrained Batman watches in horror. Batman eventually is able to free himself and stop Two-Face. However this event haunts Dick to this day (Dick would go on to badly beat Two-face many times as Robin and Nightwing), this would also scare Batman so much that he suspended Dick for a time.
Dick would come back to crime fighting much stronger and smarter than before. Dick would go to university but would drop out after one term due to his responsibilities as Robin.
Robin would team up with some fellow sidekicks, Kid Flash and Aqualad to fight the villain Mr. Twister. It was the first time they teamed up. Their second meeting was more eventful Robin, Kid Flash and Aqualad, now joined by fellow sidekicks Speedy and Wonder Girl to fight their mentors, who had been possessed by the evil Antithesis. At this second meeting the youngsters decided to become a team they would call themselves the Teen Titans. Robin naturally became the leader. The sidekick’s continued to operate with their mentors, as well as spending time with each other as the Teen Titans but through the years there was some changes that did not go down well and the team split up.
The New Teen Titans
Robin continued his adventures with Batman and started going on solo missions and discovered he was a very good crime fighter in his own right. Robin moved out of the Dark Knight’s shadow more and more through out his mid-teens, the two still had a father and son bond but started to drift apart. Robin became more independent, he no longer relied on Batman, in fact he and the Dark Knight disagreed on crime fighting methodology and when the Titans re-united Robin spent little time with him. Batman did not like this and told Dick that if he did not want to be his partner he has to give up being Robin. Furious, confused, hurt and resigned Dick left Wayne Manor after a strong verbal with Bruce. Helping him through this difficult time were his fellow Titans, during this time Dick and his fellow Titan, Starfire, a beautiful alien princess, had fallen in love.
Unsure of what to do, Robin asked Superman for advice, Superman told Dick an old Kryptonian tale of a hero called Nightwing. Dick took this to heart and made his new crime fighting identity as Nightwing. All of Dick’s Nightwing costumes are in honor of both Batman and Superman.
Dick now has a strong relationship with Bruce. Bruce has even adopted Dick as his son and is now step brothers with the current Robin, Tim Drake.
Raised in the slums of the poor side of Gotham City, Jason Todd was a dark haired boy and the son of a petty criminal named Willis Todd. Eventually, Willis was sent to prison and never returned home despite earning his release after a few years. Thus before Willis got sent to prison was the last time Jason ever saw him. This left Jason with Catherine Todd, a drug addicted woman he did not know was not truly his biological mother. In order to survive and for his so-called mother's habit, Jason turned to crime, ripping off car parts for money to survive. Catherine soon died from a drug overdose, and Willis had disappeared after screwing up a job for Two-Face. Jason was left alone on the streets barely surviving, still stealing from parts of cars for cash. This led to Batman discovering Jason in an alley stealing the tires off the Batmobile.
Bruce Wayne tried to put Jason in a school for troubled youths but simply could not keep him there due to the school encouraging breaking laws and the kids would beat up Jason while an old lady (whom was considered as the teacher) watched. With that option off the table, Bruce took him in as his own and began training him to replace Dick Grayson as Robin. He did not have Dick's cheerful enthusiasm or natural acrobatic skill, but life had made him tough and full of sarcastic wit which made Jason motivated. Secretly, Bruce believed that had he not taken Jason into his home then in a few years time he would be taking Jason in to the police as Batman. So instead, Jason became a new Robin.
Tim Drake is the son of Jack and Janet Drake. When he was a child, he visited the circus with his parents. The Drakes managed to get a photo with the Graysons before the show, the night Tim Drake met Dick Grayson for the first time was also the night when Dick Grayson's parents died.
Tim Drake had followed Batman and Robin's career ever since the murder of the Flying Graysons. He had excellent detective skills which helped him discover the identities of the dynamic duo. One day, he saw the original Robin on television performing a move Dick Grayson had executed the night he went to the circus with his parents. He quickly made the connection that Dick Grayson was Robin and after leaning that Dick Grayson was the ward of Bruce Wayne, he realized that Bruce Wayne was Batman.
After the death of Jason Todd, Batman grew more violent and reckless. Tim noticed that this wasn't in Batman’s true character, and he sought out the help of Dick Grayson. At this time, Dick had been going by the code-name Nightwing. Tim tried to convince Dick to retake the mantle of Robin, saying it was the only way to keep Batman sane. Dick agreed to this, but said that he would only help Batman as Nightwing. Tim did not like Dick’s decision and continued to argue that Batman needed Robin. Eventually, he was able to get Alfred to assist in altering the Robin costume so that he could help Batman himself. Alfred and Dick gave Tim their approval as the new Robin, but only so he could keep Batman sane. However, Batman protested that he did not want a new partner but also added “The boy has potential.” Eventually, Batman skeptically accepted Tim as Robin but under one condition: Tim had to endure physical and mental training from Bruce before he could become Robin so that he would not suffer the same fate as Jason Todd.
While Tim was still training, his parents Jack and Janet Drake were kidnapped by a mysterious stranger. Tim continued to focus on his work and foiled the plans of a hacker-thief. Meanwhile, Batman went to rescue Tim’s parents. However, Batman arrived too late. Tim's parents were poisoned. His mother had died, and his father fell into a deep coma. With the tragedy that Tim and his parents went through, Batman became worried that Tim might go down the road of vengeance, and it would cloud his judgment. However, Tim proved Batman wrong when he saved Batman and Vicki Vale from the Scarecrow. Afterwards, Batman allowed Tim to take on the mantle of the Boy Wonder and gave him a more modern version of the costume.
Tim Drake is the Robin that appears in the video game Batman: Arkham City. In the game he made a brief cameo in the main story, but was playable in the challenge rooms and story DLC.
Damian Wayne is the biological son of Bruce Wayne and Talia al'Ghul. Talia would become pregnant with him after a encounter with Bruce, but would keep her pregnancy a secret from him for a decade. Instead of being birthed naturally, Damian was grown in a lab, with the intention that he would surpass his father. Shortly after his birth, Talia would leave Damian in the care of the League of Assassins so he could begin his training as an assassin. Years later, Talia reveals Damian's existence to his father and leaves him in Batman's custody in an effort to disrupt his work and get a step closer to her evil plan. Instead of shunning the boy, Bruce acknowledged his duties as a father, and accepted him into the Batman Family, which would eventually lead Damian to become the fifth and current Robin.