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Real Identity: Richard "Dick" Grayson
Affiliations: Teen Titans, Team Robin, Bizarro Titans, and League of Legs
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Voiced By: Scott Menville and David Kaye (The Fourth Wall)
Robin is a slightly power-mad, perfectionist leader of the Teen Titans whose main complaint is that the others just won't do what he says. While he grew up at the circus, Robin was always harrassed by the animals when he let his guard down. As a result, Robin was always vigilant and never relaxed. At age six, he performed the tightrope act without a safety net. The ringmaster once assigned him to train a baby bear cub to ride a tiny unicycle. He named it Gunther. When the circus traveled from town to town, Gunter and Grayson huddled together for warmth in the back of a drafty box car. Now on the Titans, Robin was the only member with no super powers and resented it. He considers himself Batman's peer but many still think of him as the sidekick. He grew up in the cirus with his famous acrobat family but a tragic night changed all that. He went to live with Bruce Wayne at his Wayne Manor.
Robin spent his childhood training to be a hero. He lived under a strict no reveling policy and didn't partake in spending. Through Batman, he learned frivolous materialism would only impede the pursuit of justice and money was a vice that just led to more problems. As a result, he lived in a bare, dilapidated room next to the supply room. All Robin had in his room were weights to build his muscles, a bed on the ground where he cried himself to sleep, a drain that he used to wash his tears away, and a bucket he named Mr. Bucket. He always wanted a Bell Biv Devoe poster to put up on his wall but never bought one. Their fresh beats and sweet lyrics got him through tough times, their behind the scenes turmoil taught him how to deal with conflict, and their elegant fusion of R&B and new jack swing inspired him to embrace mixed martial arts.
In a version of the Titans' origin, Robin realized he couldn't fight crime in Jump City on his own and wanted to assemble a superteam of superteens like himself and bring peace to the city while bringing out the best in each other. He came up with the name, Teen Titans. He found Kid Flash in Banes Gym but he didn't seem that excited about it. Robin promised the try outs would be a formality for him. He ran into a regular boy named Victor but told him the try outs were just for superheroes. He gave flyers to Aqualad, Speedy, Bumblebee, Raven, Starfire, and Beast Boy. After Beast Boy, Robin finally snapped and allowed Victor to try out, too. The next day, Robin presented challenges that required speed and skill and combat and teamwork. The winners would be full-fledged members of the Teen Titans and live in the Titans Tower. Beast Boy again asked for lunch even though Robin told him there wasn't any and he printed the disclaimer on the flyers. In the speed challenge, Kid Flash easily passed. Victor puked and fainted soon after starting. Raven punched Robin repeatedly instead of the combat dummy.
Robin lastly tested everyone with a 100 piece Justice League puzzle to see who could work together as a team. Raven assaulted Beast Boy for taking her pieces and Starfire shot up the tower thinking it was the combat challenge again. Robin snapped and hit them with a table then kicked them into the elevator. Kid Flash proposed a vote and Robin allowed it. Kid Flash pointed out his temper and suggested a vote to oust Robin. It passed and he was ejected. Kid Flash took over as the leader. Starfire, Robin, Raven, Victor, and Beast Boy ran into each other in an alley. They realized if Robin was always worked up, he wouldn't be such a pushover. Victor and Beast Boy realized they were all rejects and outsiders. Robin wasn't interested because they brought out the worst in him. Cyborg believed the five of them could take the tower back. Raven teleported everyone into the living room of the tower. They insisted to Kid Flash that Robin wasn't going to be a pushover anymore. Kid Flash perceived a challenge was coming.
They specified the winners kept the tower and the losers would leave the city for good. Robin still was a wimp though. They wound him up by repeatedly pointing out how Kid Flash stole everything and how Speedy clogged the toilet with Wet Wipes. Robin snapped and declared there was no such thing as flushable Wet Wipes. And they were the real Teen Titans. Kid Flash presented challenges based on the ones from try outs, combat and problem solving, and if needed, a tie breaker based on the speed challenge. Kid Flash's Combat Dummy was unbeatable. Soon, only Victor was left. Robin inspired him to try and he was badly beaten. Doctors replaced his broken body with robot parts and Cyborg was born. Two hours later, they returned and Cyborg quickly vaporized the dummy. Kid Flash presented a puzzle but Beast Boy caught it and tried. It blew up in his face. Robin and Kid Flash lined up for a race around the world. As soon as Kid Flash left, Robin signaled the others to run into the tower. They boarded up the elevator doors but Kid Flash was already inside. Robin introduced his new self and broke Kid Flash's left leg with his staff. The others threw him through the glass window. Kid Flash, Aqualad, Bumblebee, and Speedy relocated to the East Coast
Trigon granted him super strength and turned him into a hulking bruiser. Raven also once gave him super powers, including heat vision, frost breath, telekinesis, super speed, and flight, to teach him a lesson but in three seconds he captured every super villain, solved world hunger and made a tray of meat loaf. With no villains to fight, the Titans disbanded. Robin went to work for Corp-O for over 25 years. After 47 years had passed since the Titans disbanded, Robin finally admitted the others were right. The other Titans arrived in his room and gloated as Robin passed.
In a possible future, Robin became Nightwing and settled down with Batgirl. They lived together in the Titans Tower and had two children. When Cyborg and Beast Boy returned home and decided to alter the future, Nightwing summoned Starfire and Raven via Titans Communicator to help stop them. Batgirl scolded Nightwing for making noise since the children were asleep.
After gathering intelligence on a project aimed at turning the H.I.V.E. Tower into a space battle station, Robin came up with a plan to infiltrate the base as a villain named Red X and plant a bomb to blow it up. In order to cement his legitimacy as a villain, he planned on beating up Mammoth. However, Gizmo accepted him to the team. Red X still beat up Mammoth but apologized. At Gizmo's behest to make himself at home, Red X went off and planted a bomb at the tower's main electronic system interface junction. However, as he learned about more and more cool stuff in the tower, he delayed the timer. Red was soon joined by the others but Gizmo blew up the tower in an attempt to get rid of the new members. Annoyed with H.I.V.E. crashing at the Titans Tower, Robin blew up the Titans Tower.
Robin takes annual team leader elections very seriously even though he's the only one who runs for the position. He often becomes obsessed and threatens everyone else not to run. One year, Raven brought George Washington from 1776 to teach Robin how to be a true leader but the two ended up running against each other. George Washington ended up winning but Robin went back in time and took his place as the first President of the United States of America, becoming the new face of the dollar bill.
While going through his room, Beast Boy found a trunk of mementos he collected from missions over the years. One was a shard of the Mysterious Prism. Keen on splitting Raven up and making out with her passionate side, Beast Boy tried to use the shard but Robin got his own idea. He used the shard to split the other Titans into their core five personalities and recruited the best one to join his elite team: Soldier Cyborg, Beast Boy The Human Shield, Savage Starfire, and Raging Raven were chosen. Robin then realized a five Robin team would be even better but his core personalities (obsessive, crazy, perfectionist, paranoia and controlling) did not fit to his ideal. During the brief stint of the League of Legs, Robin went by Captain Cankle.
After Cyborg admitted it was his dream to be in the Justice League, Robin laughed it off and insisted he would be the one chosen. Naturally, Robin wanted to be Batman and got to once everyone realized Batman's costume was smelly from sweat. On Apokolips, Robin taunted Cyborg with Batman's disappearing act until he was knocked out with a construct of Bea Arthur.
In order to have fun whenever they wanted, when they wanted, the Titans became supervillains. Robin became Dick Gravestone - bald, goatee, yellow suit. The crazy speeches as a hero made him look like a great evil leader. He hired a bunch of henchmen to build them their headquarters and wait on them. While proposing ideas to take over the world, Gravestone suggested returning to the Death Ray. He later activated Cyborg's idea to wrap the world in a blanket, set off stink bombs, and create the world's largest dutch oven.
Robin's wrestler persona was the Deadly Dandy. He professed if looks could kill, he would be a wanted man. He was not impressed with Cyborg's traditional stance on wrestling but was amazed by Beast Boy's crazy trash talk as Wild Man. Cyborg still thought their version of wrestling was fake. Robin demonstrated by fighting with Starfire. In Scrutiny Mode, Cyborg noted Robin's punches were three feet away from landing on Starfire.
After Santa declared he quit Christmas, Robin decided it was up to the Teen Titans to save Christmas. He assigned Cyborg to engineer a sleigh, Beast Boy to be the reindeer to draw it, and Starfire and Raven would be the elves who'd make all the presents. Robin, in the meantime, would be Santa. He rejected Beast Boy's idea of having Sticky Joe be Santa and tossed him in the trash chute. Robin gorged on cookies and milk until he became stuffed. After Robin presented himself, his heart briefly failed. They took off to deliver presents. Robin could not fit down the chimney and broke his legs trying to force them through. Cyborg activated the sleigh's shablamo and hammered him down. He slowly slid down and was attacked by a dog. Raven used a crowbar and broke a window to set off the security alarm. The real Santa heard of the Titans' plan and tried to stop them but Sticky Joe came to their rescue.
Robin auditioned in the Justice League's Next Top Talent Idol Star. Since Batman was one of the judges, he was overly confident of his chances. He tried to tell the host, Birdarang, about his sad and melodramatic back story growing up in the circus but it thought it sounded superfly. Robin tried to make a pity plea so he could win. For the audition, he sent some not-to-subtle hints at Batman, who was embarrassed, and planned to perform a motorcycle stunt through a track lit on fire as well as armed with a swinging pendulum and jumping shark with a chainsaw. The motorcyle rolled down by accident. After doing several loops, Robin fell off and the motorcycle crashed onto Batman then blew up. He was rejected by all four of the judges. Robin had a meltdown backstage and it was captured on the Cry Cam. Robin was jealous of Cyborg advancing to the final round. That was captured on camera, too. He thought Raven's dance was lame.
Robin made up a backstory that he lived on a farm with his grandparents but were terrorized by crows. After they stole all the corn, they kidnapped his grandmother. Then a meteor destroyed the farm. Birdarang knew it was made up but it was pretty tragic and gave Robin a second chance. He tried to do a magic act but his cards all burst out of his sleeves, then his pigeon wouldn't fly out of his hat so he promised to make a $20 bill disappear and reappear in Batman's wallet. He quickly ran and hid it in his wallet. Batman found it and was impressed until Robin told him to keep it as a bribe. Robin lost again. Security dragged him backstage. He declared the judges had no talent. He made up a back story based on "A Christmas Carol" and got a third chance. He introduced a ventriloquist dummy he named Tiny Robin. Tiny Robin cracked jokes at the judges' expense and made them all laugh. Robin made it to the final round and won but Birdarang informed him the League picked the dummy, who went on to become a great success.
Against Robin's wishes, the Titans broke into the Batcave so Beast Boy could have a real cave to hibernate in for seven and a half months. Robin decided it was worth the peace and quiet. However, Starfire yelled and disturbed Beast Boy. He decided he wanted to check out the Batcave. The Titans noticed a fire pole and asked about it. Robin tried to lie and claimed it led up to a lame fire house. The Titans only got more interested and took the pole up. Robin confessed they were in Wayne Manor, his childhood home, and he never reveled in Bruce Wayne's wealth but focused on training to be a defender of justice. The others claimed money solved problems instead of creating them then demanded a tour. Robin begrudgingly showed them the super long table where Michael Keaton had an awkward dinner date, the well where Christian Bale learned why we fall, the phone Adam West answered when crime was afoot, and a dumpster full of stuff from Val Kilmer and George Clooney then introduced Alfred Pennyworth.
The Titans saw his old bedroom and convinced him he deserved to spend some money to have a childhood he never had. Robin decided to indulge a little. He bought his Bill Biv Devoe poster and a bunch of other stuff like a 600 inch TV, a white tiger, art, fireworks, gold armor for Cyborg, a gold ski, and a Pretty Pretty Pegasus rocking horse. The fireworks alerted Catwoman, Penguin, Joker, Riddler, and Poison Ivy. They stormed Wayne Manor and ransacked it. The Titans were no match but Pennyworth took them out. The Titans admitted Robin was right about money making more problems. Robin disagreed and his butler saved the day and that was thanks to money. He believed there were no consequences to your terrible actions if you were rich. He rang a bell and ordered Pennyworth to clean everything up before Batman returned. He drop kicked Robin.
Raven gave into the others' demand for new super powers to teach them a lesson about not taking what they had for granted. Robin was given the powers of Vibe and could create shockwaves from break dancing. Robin found it whack because he thought himself as a fresh break dancer already. The others disagreed. Robin tried out the superpower but the momentum from creating a shockwave launched Robin out of the tower into the ocean. He managed to climb up the side of the island to the drainage pipe but Starfire's arm shot through and he fell back into the ocean. After some time, Robin became proficient. The Titans confronted Gizmo, who was about to mount a robot invasion from his floating fortress. After Raven was zapped with a Kryptonite ray and weakened because she had Superman's powers, Robin rallied the others proclaiming they could use their dumb powers to win if Vibe, Saturn Girl, Aqualad, and Plastic Man could. Robin had Starfire turn into a slingshot and launch him onto the fortress' deck. He began dancing and destroying robots then devastated the fortress with a crippling shockwave.
Robin began to engage in solitary activities after he realized he was fated to be alone forever. He settled atop the living room console and played a game of solitaire and lost. He then devoted his free time to getting his personal finances in order. He laughed hysterically then cried as the console lowered down. With no agonizing social encounters to ruin his day, Robin settled on a puzzle and continued sobbing as he went deeper and deeper below. Robin's sanity naturally cracked and he began writing gibberish on the walls. He overheard Beast Boy's distress over losing Raven to Aqualad and advised him the best thing he could do was give up. He felt the sooner he pretended to enjoy a solitary life, the better. He demonstrated with his newly acquired flute playing skills and did a rendition of Yankee Doodle then cried. Beast Boy didn't want to end up like Robin and set out to rescue Albert Jelenic to prevent Aqualad from swaying Raven with shrimps and prime rib.