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"The man: handsome, strong, intense, great hair."
— Robin describing himself.[1]

Cocky Robin
Robin
Biographical information
Real name

Richard "Dick" Grayson

Other alias(es)
  • Super Robin
  • Red X
  • Nightwing
Species

Human

Birthplace

Gotham City

Residence

Titans Tower, Jump City, California, United States

Physical description
Gender

Male

Hair color

Black

Eye color

Black (dotted)

Relationship information
Allies

Starfire, Cyborg, Beast Boy, Raven, Silkie, Batman, Couch Spirit, Senior Citizens, Universe Tree, Beat Box, Birdarang, Treadmill Spirit, Super Robin, 60's Robin, Girl Robin, Dark Robin

Enemies

H.I.V.E. Five, Mother Mae-Eye, Ed, Trigon, Speedy, Voice in Robin's Head, Doctor Light, Cinderblock, Tree Custodians, Kitten, Brother Blood, Mockingbirds, Menos, George Washington, Brain, Mother Nature, Mad Mod, Control Freak, Punk Rocket, Hurtbot more ...

Affiliation
Professional information
Profession
  • Superhero
  • Leader of the Teen Titans
  • First President of the United States of America
Behind the scenes
First appearance

"Legendary Sandwich"

Voiced by

Scott Menville

Robin (real name Richard "Dick" Grayson[2][3]) is a teenage superhero and the leader of the Teen Titans. He was originally a child growing up at a circus where his parents, the Flying Graysons, worked, but was adopted by Batman following the murder of his parents. Batman trained him to be a fighter, detective, and host of medium-sized holiday gatherings.[4] He served as his sidekick up to his teenage years[5] where he left Gotham City for Jump City and joined the Teen Titans.

History

Main article: History of Robin

Personality

Robin is a vigilant and born leader who knows when to do the right thing due to his training with Batman, thus being capable of maintaining control and order over the Teen Titans. However, these traits can occasionally go to extremes due to his traumatic past with the circus animals and his parents' deaths.[2] He has an extreme sense of pride and ego except when it comes to Batman, who Robin is deeply afraid of, shown when he targeted Mammoth due to his size.[6], and when he refused to let Beast Boy be better at something than him.[2] As a romantic, Robin is nervous about admitting his feelings toward Starfire[7], but does have questionable traits shown when he was snooping around Starfire's room and going through her drawers.[8] He is also quick to anger when something goes wrong, and also very self absorbed.

Robin's necessity to lead his team led to an inferiority complex due to growing frustration toward the team repeatedly brushing off his orders. His lack of superpowers has caused him to strive to be the best superhero in the world. Skilled in acrobatics and combat due to his training with Batman, Robin is a vigilant and born leader, though this occasionally goes to his head as seen when attempting to control the Titans' daily lives outside of battle.

As seen in numerous episodes, Robin tries to act as the embodiment of perfection, mostly as a hero and a male. He is quick to envy those who behold abilities beyond his own and tries to assure that he's the perfect hero, while the rest of the team is accepting to know that there's someone else who can perform better feats than they. This has led him to acting flawless on many notes and often act as though he is capable of doing things on his own. Whenever someone points out a flaw of his, he is quick to retaliate and this has led the team to not correspond with him.

Robin beholds something of a dictator attitude on some occasions and is often hard to reason with. No matter how one of the teammates tries to explain it, Robin makes it his effort to stick with his strategies and plans. This can be seen as both a good and bad thing. The good about it is that it proves Robin's leadership to the Titans but it also proves how stubborn and short-minded he can be. He is also obsessed with popularity and this obsession can ward off a few of his sanity, sometimes scaring his teammates.

Physical appearance

Robin wears a domino mask (which are actually glasses) over his eyes. Under the mask is his true appearance, which is a exaggerated, "handsome" face. He wears a red suit with two small yellow stripes and an R symbol which represents his name. His sleeves, as well as his gloves and tights, are green. His shoes are about knee high with the leg portion colored black and the actual shoes colored grey. He has a yellow utility belt around his waist and also wears a cape which is yellow on the interior, but black on the exterior. Robin has peach-colored skin and spiky black hair.

Equipment

Main article: List of Robin's weapons

Robin has no superpowers, a trait he feels makes him inferior compared to the other Titans. However, he does maintain an assortment of talents due to his training.

  • Acrobatics: Robin is skilled in acrobatics and is capable of performing flips and jumps even on a dangerous mountain terrain.[9]
  • Hand-to-Hand Combat: Robin is also skilled in close combat and uses his size and slim figure to defeat powerful and large opponents like Mammoth.[6][10]
  • Staff: Robin's Penguin based staff is his prized possession, which he sees as the most powerful of weapons.[11] The staff itself has many abilities such as an electric claw which he uses to shock his opponents.[12]
  • Accessories: Robin has many weapons stored on his belt such as birdarangs, grappling hooks, and smoke pellets which he uses to give himself an advantage in battle.[10]
  • R-Cycle: Robin has a motorcycle at his disposal which he sometimes incorporates into battles.[13]

Relationships

Main article: Robin's relationships

Alternate forms

Super Robin

His first attempt was a lab accident, taking Robin's vigilant and powerful genes to a normal robin. The robin turned into Super Robin, whereas Robin himself became a robin-human hybrid.

His second attempt was a form of Robin with powers of telkenisis, freeze breath, extreme speed, and laser eyes, which were all given by Raven. With these abilities, Robin stopped all world problems, thus, disbanding the Titans. His life is ruined by the cause of his powers. At his elderly age, he dies with the realization of the powers being a curse.

Nightwing

Nightwing is a mature and older Robin. He had a wife and and a child in Staring at the Future, however, in Sandwich Thief, he was seen as a bachelor. He has a darker voice, longer hair, and a blue suit.

Red X

In In and Out, Robin disgised himself as Red X to gain access to the H.I.V.E. Tower.

Media focusing on Robin

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Teen Titans Go! comic series

Gallery

Robin title card
The Image Gallery for Robin may be viewed here.

Trivia

  • Robin claims to be a sandwich expert.
  • Robin is a fan of Pretty Pretty Pegasus.
  • Robin's mask was revealed to be glasses.
  • Robin does not like being called "Boy Wonder".
  • There are 4 running gags revolving around Robin in the series:
    • Him flirting or getting nervous with or around Starfire.
    • Him not noticing what being a true hero is, being rude and selfish.
    • Him doing something wrong, then later realizing his mistake. Then he apologizes to the Titans, but the Titans don't seem to notice and/or care.
    • Getting hurt.
  • Robin is one of the two characters who gets hurt the most. The other is Beast Boy.
  • Robin is madly in love with Starfire.
  • Robin now has a super power to blow incredible whistles that act like Raven's dark magic.
  • Robin's rivalry with Kid Flash plays as an irony because the two were friends in the Golden Age comics.
  • In most of the episodes shown, it kind of portrays Robin becoming Nightwing when he is at least middle-aged or in his late twenties to his early thirties, especially taking consideration to each episode showing a futuristic appeal.
  • As seen in the majority of episodes, Robin appears to suffer with some form of dementia, noted by how irrational his behavior can be sometimes and given how some of his teammates even recommended calling a doctor or calling him crazy.
    • It's more than likely that this dementia is only minor, despite its advances. Reason being is because Robin can operate functionally on some occasions and even retain some sanity. However, the episode Yearbook Madness hints that later in life, Robin loses grip of his sanity and commits crimes, probably if he doesn't try to get help.
  • Raven and Robin are the only two characters in the show that have bird names and start with the letter "R".

References

  1. Hagan, Merrill (writer) & Michail, Peter Rida (director). (July 24, 2014). "I See You". Teen Titans Go!. Season 2. Episode 5. Cartoon Network.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Wolfram, Amy (writer) & Michail, Peter Rida (director). (May 14, 2013). "Dude Relax". Teen Titans Go!. Season 1. Episode 7. Cartoon Network.
  3. Tanner, Caldwell (writer) & Cormican, Luke (director). (January 22, 2015). "Robin Backwards". Teen Titans Go!. Season 2. Episode 27. Cartoon Network.
  4. Joseph, Ben (writer) & Cormican, Luke (director). (November 27, 2014). "Thanksgiving". Teen Titans Go!. Season 2. Episode 23. Cartoon Network.
  5. Wolfram, Amy (writer) & O'Brien, Scott (director). (November 13, 2013). "Sidekick". Teen Titans Go!. Season 1. Episode 33. Cartoon Network.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Stein, Adam (writer) & Michail, Peter Rida (director). (July 2, 2013). "Super Robin". Teen Titans Go!. Season 1. Episode 15. Cartoon Network.
  7. Fisch, Sholly (writer) & O'Brien, Scott (director). (May 7, 2013). "The Date". Teen Titans Go!. Season 1. Episode 6. Cartoon Network.
  8. Wolfram, Amy (writer) & Michail, Peter Rida (director). (May 28, 2013). "La Larva de Amor". Teen Titans Go!. Season 1. Episode 10. Cartoon Network.
  9. Borst, Steve (writer) & O'Brien, Scott (director). (May 21, 2013). "Ghostboy". Teen Titans Go!. Season 1. Episode 9. Cartoon Network.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Pugsley, Tom (writer) & O'Brien, Scott (director). (January 8, 2014). "Nose Mouth". Teen Titans Go!. Season 1. Episode 36. Cartoon Network.
  11. Ryan, Michael (writer) & Cormican, Luke (director). (August 13, 2013). "Staff Meeting". Teen Titans Go!. Season 1. Episode 20. Cartoon Network.
  12. Giacoppo, Paul (writer) & Michail, Peter Rida (director). (July 30, 2013). "Meatball Party". Teen Titans Go!. Season 1. Episode 19. Cartoon Network.
  13. Borst, Steve (writer) & Michail, Peter Rida (director). (October 16, 2013). "Starfire the Terrible". Teen Titans Go!. Season 1. Episode 29. Cartoon Network.

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