Robin

Robin III (Tim Drake) was created by Marv Wolfman and Pat Broderick and first appeared in Batman #436 (1989).

Alter Ego: Tim Drake
Occupation: Adventurer, student
Base of Operations: Formerly Gotham City, now Keystone City
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: Jack Drake (Father), Janet Drake (Mother, Deceased)
Group Affiliation: Young Justice
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Black
Weight: 148 pounds

Historical Reference: Tim Drake was born into a prominent family. His father is the owner of “Drake Industries,” one of Gotham’s most important industries. It used to be a typical family. One day he went to the Haly Circus with his parents. It was the first time Tim was at a circus. Jack Drake asked a family of trapeze artists (John, Mary and… Dick Grayson) to pose for a photograph. Dick put Tim on his legs while the photo was taken.

During the show Tim didn’t pay attention to all the other performances: he was excited, waiting for Dick’s one. Finally, the Flying Graysons appeared. Tim was all the time seeing all the acrobatics Dick was doing. Dick ended his performance with an incredible quadruple hop in the air. Afterwards, while Dick was going down by one rope, his parents continued the show in the trapeze. Suddenly the trapeze ropes broke, and Dick saw his parents falling to their deaths.

Tim saw them, too. Then Tim saw a dark figure landing near Dick: it was Batman, who investigated all that had happened.Jack and Janet Drake sent the photo taken before the show to Dick (who became Bruce Wayne’s ward) and never reminded Tim of it. But Tim had lots of nightmares at nights: in these nightmares Tim saw Dick doing his quadruple hop, and then, John and Mary Grayson falling down and down. When Tim was nine he saw on TV how Robin saved Batman by means of a perfect quadruple hop in the air, so he realized Robin was Dick Grayson!!! “

Dick is Bruce Wayne’s ward, so Bruce Wayne might be Batman!!!…” he thought too. Since then he collected all the news about Batman and Robin to prove his thesis. When Dick stopped using his Robin costume to become Nightwing, Tim realized there was no Robin. When Bruce Wayne adopted Jason Todd, there was a Robin again. Finally, when Jason Todd died, there was no Robin, so Tim was sure his thesis was true. Tim realized Batman had changed: Batman become more violent and cruel, and sent criminals to the hospital for no reason. Tim thought Batman needed a new Robin to control his actions, so he went to New York looking for Nightwing.

Dick refused to become Robin again, but he aided Tim to become the new Robin. Tim, Alfred Pennyworth (Bruce Wayne’s butler) and Nightwing helped Batman to return to the right way. Then Tim convinced Bruce Wayne that Robin was necessary, so finally Bruce agreed to start training Tim. While Bruce was training Tim, Jack and Janet Drake were kidnapped in a charter flight over Haiti by a voodoo magician named Lord Obeah. 10 million dollars were asked for them to Drake Industries. Batman tried to rescue Jack and Janet Drake, but both drank poisoned water that killed Janet and make Jack paralytic. Batman sent Lord Obeah to prison. Now Tim wears a new Robin costume (Batman decided to design a brand new costume for Tim), that has plenty of weapons and micro-instruments. This costume is capable of protecting Tim from bullets. Batman even designed a vehicle named Redbird, that has as much equipment as his own Batmobile has. Tim not only uses all this equipment but also uses all the detective methods Batman and Nightwing have taught him.

Skills: Tim Drake was a cunning detective prior to his even meeting Batman. He was able to deduce that Batman, the previous Robin, and Nightwing were Bruce Wayne, Jason Todd, and Dick Grayson. Years smarter then any normal kid his age. Tim was inspired to study hard by the original Robin, Dick Grayson, in hopes that maybe just one day he could be like him. Tim’s intelligence can probably only be surpassed by one thing, his athletic ability.

An aspiring athlete, Tim has trained under many different martial arts forms, under the tutelage of Batman, Lady Shiva and many other martial arts masters. An excellent gymnast as well, Tim is certainly more athletic, then any other child his age. Outgoing, independent, skilled, and intellegence are all qualities that describe Tim Drake. These are also qualities that make him surpass the previous two Robin’s and perhaps make him the best Robin ever.

Weapons: Robin’s primary weapon is his collapsable bo staff. He uses this weapon to extend his reach and leverage in combat. A more than able combatant, Robin tends to fight defensively until he has assessed his opponents. Robin wears a suit of superlight ballistic fibre proof against low to medium caliber firearms. It is also padded to offer increased protection in hand to hand combat. His cape is also bulletproof, fire retardant and water resistant. An infrared flashlight used in conjuction with his infrared lenses in his domino mask, a short-term rebreather, a powerful laser cutting torch, smoke and tear gas grenades, batarangs and razorwings for attack, a grapnel line for swinging and tying up foes and a glider cloak that can be used to glide short distances or remove momentum from a fall. He also carries a small forensic kit for detective work and a series of lockpicks and security skeleton cards for simple to advanced security locks.

Enemies: Killer Croc, Mister Freeze, Rhas A’Ghul,Joker, Riddler, Two-Face, The Penguin, Harlequin, Bane, The Scarecrow

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