- There is good and there is evil, but the line between can be almost impossible to find. Does one good deed make him a hero? Am I to blame for all of it because of a single mistake? In the end, all I really know is that the answers don't come easy. It's supposed to be simple, but it's not.
- — Robin at the end of "X"
Robin is the leader and one of the five founding members of the Teen Titans. Before that, he was trained by, and served as the sidekick to Batman. He is also Starfire's main love interest and finally becomes her boyfriend in the series finale movie.
Robin is usually shown in just his costume, which is consisted of green tights with black ankle-high steel-toed boots, green elbow-high gloves, a short-sleeve green t-shirt underneath a red armored vest with a yellow letter "R" inside a black circle over his left pectoral muscle, a yellow utility belt and a black cape that has a yellow interior. He always wears a black-and-white domino mask, and usually has his black hair spiked backwards. He has light skin and an athletic build. When he is briefly shown as Slade's apprentice, he wears a black bodysuit with armor plating on the legs, knees, forearms, and shoulders. The top-half of his suit is split into black and orange sides and an ash-gray utility belt.The most notable costume change he goes through is during the movie "Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo", when he briefly changes into a costume with black shades, a skinny black suit with a long jacket, and his hair down in order to hide from Tokyo Troopers when he was wanted for the "murder" of Saico-Tek. When a thug attempted to rob him in an alley, Robin quickly defeated him and took his clothes. He also briefly wore a tux in Date With Destiny.
Robin might be short for his age. Out of his four companions, Beast Boy seems to be the only one who is shorter, and it should be noted that whilst Raven is usually depicted as the same height or a little shorter than Robin, there are occasions when she is taller. Also, in Calling All Titans, when he gave Bushido a communicator, Bushido seemed to be at least a couple inches shorter than him.
In the Season 3 episode Revolution, Mad Mod drains Robin's youth, which makes Robin a frail old man and him young again. As an old man, Robin is so weak that he can't even walk. He also seems to be very thin and his arms and legs are like bones. Robin is thin everywhere on his body except for his stomach, where he seems to have grown a potbelly. While the young Robin wears his hair spiked backwards, the old and frail Robin has white hair which seems to be almost completely slicked back.
When Robin is Nightwing, he doesn't spike his hair anymore, and instead lets it grow past his shoulders. He also has a more muscular build and has grown much taller. His costume is a black jumpsuit with steel bracelets and a utility belt; he also continues to wear his steel toed boots. Nightwing's costume also has a symbol of a hawk-like bird on his torso in a dark shade of blue. The bird on his costume seems to be spreading its wings out, as if it is flying.
Robin is a natural-born leader. He is heroic, noble, kind, selfless, stoic, stubborn, brooding and usually serious in tone, but has had a fair number of funny moments. In DC Comics and other incarnations, Robin is even toned and playful despite some outbursts of rage, such as when he learns of his parents' killer and when he eventually stops working as Batman's sidekick (a situation that is mentioned in a roundabout way in the episode Go!). However, in this series, Robin's personality is closer to Batman's; serious, stern, strict and obsessed with hunting down criminals, which is most prominently displayed in the first season, where he goes so far as to masquerade as a villain to catch Slade. Despite this, Robin does maintain a more relaxed, at times even playful side, which he sometimes expresses when the team is not actively engaged in crime fighting.
Out of all the villains that the team has faced, the one that is most hated is Slade. Robin will stop at nothing to defeat Slade. Robin insists that the two are nothing alike, despite Slade's claims to the contrary. Several encounters with him have led dangerously close to causing rifts between Robin and his friends. Robin eventually admitted to Starfire that he and Slade are very similar, but there is still one difference: Slade doesn't have any friends.
Another flaw of Robin's is that he is very competitive, and still a little bit immature. But despite his struggles, Robin has time and time again proven to be a great leader. He cares for all of his friends deeply, and will fight to the finish to defend them. Despite that, Robin still remains as a calm, level-headed and intelligent leader who comes up with clever strategies in battles and keeps a calm head most of the time.
Robin is a bit of a loner. Beast Boy and Cyborg hang around with each other more than they do with him, and Raven and Starfire are both independent but still interact with others, yet Robin often spends long days locked in his own room, planning. He insists on doing everything himself, such as being Slade's apprentice and battling Red X. In the episode Go! when the Titans first met, Beast Boy (who implied that he was a loner and hasn't had anybody to talk to since he left the Doom Patrol) wanted to befriend everybody, but Robin made it clear that he didn't want to be part of a team (but eventually does form the Titans). Throughout the series, the team and everybody in it is very important to Robin.
He cares deeply about each of his friends, but it's Starfire that he has romantic feelings for. Everyone can very well see that they're smitten by each other, including the villains, but neither of them admitted their feelings until the movie Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo. During the film, Robin expresses horror when Starfire kisses a random Japanese boy to learn Japanese. Later, he and Starfire talk and nearly kiss twice, before they finally confess their true feelings for each other and actually kiss at the end of the film.
Robin was born as Richard "Dick" Grayson to John and Mary Grayson. As a child, he and his parents were a family of circus acrobats known as The Flying Graysons. While he was preparing for a performance one day, he overheard two gangsters who worked for a crime boss named Tony Zucco attempt to extort protection money from the circus owner. The owner refused, and the two gangsters sabotaged the trapeze wiring with acid. During their next performance on the trapeze, his parents were swinging from ropes when they suddenly broke, causing his parents to fall to their deaths.
Before he could go to the police, Batman appeared, and warned him that the two gangsters worked for Tony Zucco, a very powerful crime boss, and that revealing his knowledge could lead to his death. He was adopted by Bruce Wayne after his parents were killed by Zucco, and became Robin. Together, Batman (Bruce) and he disrupted Zucco’s extortion rackets and gambling rackets and then successfully baited the riled Zucco into visiting a construction sight, where they captured him. Through the years of working with the Dark Knight, he was greatly trained mentally and physically in ways no other child was. For reasons undisclosed in the show, but the actual reason being that after being shot, Batman tried to take Robin out of the field, but Robin thought he was being treated like a kid and was about to give up being a hero with Batman (calling it “Kid Stuff”). Robin eventually left Batman, and moved to another city (though it is known to still be close to Gotham) to continue fighting crime, though this time he intended to go solo. He was 15 when he left Batman.
Joining The Teen Titans
Robin met up with Beast Boy, Cyborg, and Raven when Starfire came to Earth and started destroying the city. After a brief yet fierce confrontation where even the Boy Wonder appeared to meet his match, Robin helped Starfire by freeing her from her chains. She then kissed him to learn English, and told him to leave her alone unless he wanted to be destroyed. Robin and the others teamed up to find her, and they later fought the aliens who came to find and imprison Starfire. Shortly after defeating them, Robin gave the others communicators, and later created the Teen Titans, of which he became the leader.
Robin's first appearance in the show was at the Titan Tower. He had a discussion with Starfire about light-speed travel. After finding out that their refrigerator was filled with mold, Robin went with the other Titans to a pizza parlor. When he and his teammates went outside, they stumbled across three H.I.V.E. Academy students.
Robin fought alongside his teammates and managed to put up a good fight, before a hole began to open in the midst of the battle. The hole was large enough that Robin accidentally fell in. After his teammates regrouped, they discovered that Robin was missing.
It is unknown how Robin managed to get out of the hole. However, he did and regrouped with the rest of his teammates. He came up with a plan to retake the Titan Tower, which in his absence had been taken over by the H.I.V.E Academy students. He and the others invaded the tower and attacked the three. Robin grabbed Gizmo by the neck and tried to interrogate him.
Robin was able to obtain the name of "Slade" during his interrogation of Gizmo. Having no idea who this "Slade" was, Robin was anxious to find out. After defeating the H.I.V.E Academy students and retaking the Titan Tower, Robin stayed concerned about the identity of Slade.
Robin went to a fair with the rest of his teammates. He enjoyed himself until he and the others saw an alien probe. He and his teammates went to fight it off and succeeded. Robin and the others wondered where it came from before returning to Titan Tower. He and his teammates met Starfire's sister Blackfire, who decided to come over to Earth for a visit. Robin's cape caught Blackfire's eye and was complimented by her. Robin liked her compliment and went with her and the others to a disco. He danced for a while before noticing Starfire's sad mood.
Robin tried to talk to her until Blackfire dragged him off. After Starfire was captured by alien probes, Robin went after her with the other Teen Titans and Blackfire. After Starfire was saved and Blackfire destroyed the alien probes, Robin watched as Cyborg offered her a spot on the team and as Starfire gave up her position and left.
Luckily, Robin convinced her to stay before Starfire was attacked by the alien probes for the third time. After wondering what they might want, the alien probes revealed they were looking for a Tamaranean thief. Robin believed they most have been talking about Blackfire, who then tried to leave the planet. He watched as Starfire fought her sister and watched as the Centauri police captured Blackfire.
Robin fought Cinderblock with the rest of his teammates. He used a maneuver called "The Sonic Boom" alongside Cyborg to stop Cinderblock from escaping. However, when their plan failed Robin started to argue with Cyborg. Robin watched as Cyborg quit the team due to his jealousy and anger towards Robin always making orders and rules for him and his teammates to follow.
At first, Robin did not care at all about Cyborg leaving. However, after having to perform some of Cyborg's chores he started to regret the argument the two had and to top it all of, he had no one to play video games with. Robin watched as Beast Boy, Raven and Starfire became saddened over his leaving of the team as well. However, Robin knew he could not allow his team to fall apart over the leaving of a single member and tried to maintain a grip on everyone.
Later, he went to confront Plasmus at a waste plant. He and the other Teen Titans attacked him, but watched as he separated into smaller pieces. As Robin heard of Cinderblock attacking another city, he insisted his teammates go fight Cinderblock while he held off Plasmus. After his teammates chose to stay and were consumed by Plasmus, Robin almost fell in a tub of acid before being saved by Cyborg. The two fought alongside each other and defeated Plasmus. Robin welcomed Cyborg back to the team.With his fellow Teen Titans, self-appointed protectors of Jump City, Robin encountered Slade, the mastermind villain who is Robin's arch rival, responsible for the majority of the villains the Titans clashed with during this time, including the H.I.V.E. and Thunder and Lightning. To infiltrate Slade and learn his plans, Robin became his alter- ego, Red X, and tried to make a deal with Slade. However, Slade outsmarted Robin and discovered his true identity. Later, Slade made Robin his apprentice, threatening to "annihilate" Robin's friends with nanoscopic probes, which had been injected into them unknowingly while they were diverted. If Robin refused, they would be killed from the inside out. Having no choice, Robin joined Slade and committed many crimes in his favor, until finally he infected himself with the nanites and threatened Slade with the fact that if he didn't deactivate them, he would lose his "apprentice".
In Season Two, the Titans met Terra, who had the tremendous ability to control the earth. Robin was concerned about Terra joining the team, due to her unstable control over her powers. He tells Terra about it, but she runs away after mistakenly thinking Beast Boy revealed it to the others when Robin had actually realized the truth by himself. Upon her return, he gives her a chance to prove herself to the team, because she had somehow learned to fully control her powers. Titans Tower is soon attacked by Slade's mechanical worms, and thanks to Raven and Terra working together, they manage to stop Slade's plans. As a result, Robin fully trusts Terra and accepts her as an official Teen Titan.
Robin begins to get competitive in a fierce card game with the Titans. Suddenly, Robin, Beast Boy, and Cyborg are transported to a tournament with other male heroes, leaving Starfire and Raven wondering where they have gone. Robin competes in a game where he has to battle the other competitors. Haven beaten everyone, Robin learns the Master of Games is just using the tournament in order to capture and steal the abilities of the heroes. Robin manages to free his friends and together, they defeat the Master of Games.
After being on the team for a while, Terra betrays the Titans and deactivates the Titans Tower's security codes to allow Slade's robot commandos to enter the tower. Robin leads the Titans into a battle against Slade's robots and becomes upset that Terra has betrayed them. Not long after, Larry arrives from another dimension and helps the Titans stop Johnny Rancid after Robin's arm had been fractured while on his R- cycle chasing the villain. Slade and his new apprentice, Terra, appear and attack the Titans off-guard. It is revealed that Slade offered her control over her powers, something the Titans could never offer her, in exchange for her loyalty.Beast Boy manages to convince Robin to give Terra another chance. Robin fights Terra after she had taken down the other Titans, but hesitates when he tries to strike the final blow.
Terra takes advantage of this and finishes off Robin. Luckily, Robin had survived, and regrouped with the other Titans underground, who proved to only sustain minor injuries. The Titans resurfaced and attacked Terra without mercy, catching her off guard and making them gain the upper hand. Terra asked Slade for help and he sent Plasmus, Overload, and Cinderblock (and fused them into one creature) to fight the Titans in her place while she would return to Slade's secret base. As soon as she arrived, he reprimanded Terra for not winning in her fight with the Titans and physically abused her via Terra's suit (which had been fitted with a device that allowed Slade to control her actions) to teach her a lesson. Beast Boy left the Titans to look for Terra and when he arrived at Slade's headquarters, Slade attacked him through Terra. Just as she was about to destroy him, Robin and the other Titans arrived and pleaded to her to not kill Beast Boy and to break free of Slade's control. Terra finally realized her mistakes and she fought against Slade but in all her fury, she awakened a dormant volcano. She knocked him into the molten lava and sent the evil mastermind to his doom. The Titans told her that they had to get out of the city as fast as they could before the volcano destroyed it, but Terra said she's the only one who can stop it and sacrificed herself to save Jump City by tapping into the volcano's lava flow. But, as a consequence of this action, she was turned to stone, becoming one with the earth itself.
Season ThreeIn the third season of the show Red X returns, and this time it's not Robin in the suit (which Starfire assures herself of by prodding Robin repeatedly to make sure he was not a hologram). Instead of wanting to cause chaos and destroy the city, this Red X only wants Xenothium (a chemical that powers his suit) and to be "number one". Robin takes the blame on himself and goes out to stop X personally. Eventually he is brought back to the lair of a new villain, Professor Chang, and aids Robin with defeating him and freeing the rest of the Titans, though he doesn't take himself as an ally and escapes. Robin's obsessive personality once more gets the better of him in this season, as a Slade mask covered in a hallucinogenic drug made him see, hear and feel Slade (who was supposedly killed by Terra a the end of season two). Robin becomes obsessed and enraged by Slade's return, even more so when Slade runs right past Starfire, who does not see him at all. Robin yells at her and grabs her arm, hurting her, but shows little remorse in his quest to kill Slade one and for all.
Though the others keep telling him that Slade isn't real, he won't listen and eventually fights an imaginary Slade to near-death. While the Titans worry that he might be going crazy, Raven enters Robin's mind (seeing the death of The Flying Graysons and Robin performing his oath before Batman), and sees that, to Robin at least, Slade is real.
Luckily, Robin managed to understand that what he's seeing is just a powerful illusion just in time to get out alive. In the episode Revolution, Robin and the Titans celebrate the fourth of July but it gets interrupted when Mad Mod takes over the city and turns it into England. While trying to stop Mad Mod, Robin is separated from the Titans and Mad Mod uses his high tech cane to drain Robin of his youth force. Mad Mod becomes young again (as he is the episode where he first appears but that was an illusion) while Robin is turned into a frail old man not strong enough to even walk. He is then held as Mod's prisoner. Eventually Starfire, Beast Boy, Raven, and Cyborg had a strategy and Beast Boy stole Mad Mod's cane giving it to Robin. Robin then uses it to reverse it's aging effects turning him back to normal and Mod back to an old man. Robin destroys the high tech cane by snapping it in half, this turns the city which Mad Mod made England, back into what it used to be, Jump City.
Robin expresses deep concern for Raven, and is the one who most fully realizes that there is something she is concealing from the other Titans, saying that they have a bond from the events of Haunted, but Raven declines to tell him initially, saying there were places in her mind one should never go. The Titans are shocked when Slade resurfaces against the Titans, but is quick to engage him, though he is defeated along with the other Titans. As Robin is about to be crushed by a structure in the collapsing site, compliments of Slade, a distressed Raven taps into her inner power (or, rather, a birthday "gift" from Trigon) and stops time itself briefly. Raven then escapes with Robin, whose efforts to hold Slade back were met with little avail, instead sustaining great harm at his hand, though recovers sufficiently to save Raven from falling down into the streets, saying to her, "Let's go home," and promises her that while not all may be clear, she is safe for now and the danger is over, to which Raven comments that it has "just begun."
In season five, Robin and the Teen Titans are on a globe-spanning adventure, traveling far and wide to warn other heroes around the world about the Brotherhood of Evil and their evil plans. Robin, not knowing it was really Madame Rouge, gave a Titans Communicator to Hot Spot(not real), which helped the Brotherhood of Evil track down every young superhero across the globe. Ding Dong Daddy steals a briefcase from Robin, containing his most prized possession. Robin manages to recover the briefcase, with some help from Red X. Robin is captured by Madame Rouge and joins some of the Honorary Titans in captivity at the Brotherhood's base. However, after reinforcements arrive with Beast Boy, Starfire, Raven and Cyborg, Robin is freed and participates in the final battle against the Brotherhood of Evil, defeating the Brotherhood of Evil with the help of the gathered Titans and Honorary Titans. Robin and the other Titans return to Jump City, only to fight a white creature that can transform into its surroundings and use their respective elements as attacks against its enemies. Robin tries to convince a desperate Beast Boy that he didn't really see Terra (knowing of his obsession with seeing Slade in "Haunted"), while he himself wonders if Terra has truly returned.
Nightwing is Robin's twenty-year old future self who serves as the sole guardian of Jump City and possibly Blüdhaven (The City Nightwing protects and is even a cop as Dick Grayson for The Blüdhaven City Police Department). A break-in by Warp, a thief from 100 years in the future who returns to the past to steal a priceless clock, forces the Titans to confront this new enemy. But Starfire is accidentally thrown 20 years into the future after she snatches a part of Warp's time machine before Warp manages to reach his future. The Teen Titans have disbanded after she had left them 20 years ago. Every one of them is worse off than before, with the exception of Robin, who still enjoys fighting crime by himself. Starfire gets attacked by Warp, who needs the final piece in his time machine so that he can return to his future. Robin, who has now become Nightwing, saves Starfire from Warp, but Warp escapes with the final piece needed to fix his time machine. Nightwing uses his old Titans Communicator to reunite the Titans, and together they return to the museum where their troubles all started. After Warp attaches the final piece to his time machine and opens a portal to the future, Nightwing and the rest of the reunited Titans interrupt him. The Titans, led by Nightwing, launch an all-out assault on Warp, defeating him and destroying his time machine. Before the portal can close, the future Cyborg keeps it open with his sonic cannon, and begs Starfire to hurry up and return to the past to ensure that the break-up of the Teen Titans would never occur. Nightwing tells her to return the clock that Warp has stolen. Starfire begins to doubt if she could change their future, but Nightwing reassures her that she need not worry. Starfire jumps through the portal, while Nightwing and the rest of the future Titans wave good bye.
Nightwing has also appeared in Issue #31 of the Teen Titans Go! comics. When an evil Robin from an alternate future teams up with Warp, Nightwing somehow returns to Titans Tower and enlists help from the Teen Titans in order to fight the two villains. When Starfire and Robin fight, she whispers something indiscernible in evil Robin's ear, and he vanishes with a gasp. After Warp retreats, Nightwing goes back to his own timeline and the Teen Titans are enjoying pizza when the good Robin suddenly turns up with no memory about the battle. The evil Robin may have been the good Robin, brainwashed by Warp after returning to Robin's childhood and replacing Batman with himself as Robin's mentor.
Though Robin and Starfire try to hide their feelings, they are shown to have jealous moments; Starfire is very pretty and boys often flirt with her, which infuriates Robin to no end. Starfire also becomes extremely jealous when girls flirt with Robin, as shown when she was distraught when he spends so much time with Blackfire, or when he took Kitten to her prom. It is also seen throughout the series that Robin is always at Starfire's side, and vice versa. 
Though their feelings are seen in almost every episode, there are five main episodes that focuses entirely on their relationship, showing just how much stronger they are becoming while also showing Robin and Starfire growing even closer towards each other. The five main episodes are Sisters, Date with Destiny, Betrothed, Stranded and Go!.
In Betrothed, Robin is heartbroken when he finds out that Starfire had an arranged marriage, especially to a prince that she had never met. Whilst in the T-Ship on the way to Tamaran, Robin keeps repeating "you're getting married," likely still in shock, when hearing more information about the groom. At one point, Robin climbs out of his section of the ship and to shout at Starfire, "you're getting married to someone you've never met?!" but is forced to climb back inside before he suffocates.
Before the ceremony, Robin scales the castle walls in order to reach the balcony, trying to find Starfire and convince her not to go through with the marriage. In the end, it was Robin who crashed Starfire's wedding, informing her that it was a set-up. Starfire's last words of the episode were "...I shall choose my own husband. Who is to know? Perhaps there is a groom for me on Earth." Then she continues to walk back to the ship side-by-side with Robin, a clear foreshadowing of the future.
In Date with Destiny, Robin is forced to to take Killer Moth's bratty daughter, Kitten, to her junior prom, or else Killer Moth will destroy the city with a swarm of hostile mutant moths. At first, Starfire thinks "Prom" is a duel, and cartoonishly slaps Kitten with a glove (a medieval custom indicating a duel is accepted), but is horrified to learn that Prom is a date. Starfire goes out of her mind with jealousy of seeing Robin with another girl, and so obtains a prom dress and shows up at the dance with Robin and Kitten, having found a loophole in Robin's orders to "investigate the girl." Robin is clearly happy to see her, and spends a long time admiring her. When Kitten arrives, she tells Robin to "Take my arm and lead me in, and would it kill you to smile?" to which Robin forces a smile and replies "maybe" through gritted teeth.
Seeing Robin holding Kitten's arm, Starfire seethes with jealousy, and is seen grinding her teeth and punching the hood of Kitten's limo so hard that it crumples and causes the opposite end to lift into the air. Later, while she watches Robin and Kitten dancing, she becomes so angry, her powers activate, and she melts the punch bowl. When Robin is given the ultimatum of either having the city destroyed or having to kiss Kitten, he refuses by saying, "Not even if you paid me!" delighting Starfire. As they battle for the Moths' control, Kitten's ex-boyfriend, Fang, attacks from behind, shouting, "Get your hands off my girl." As Robin falls to the ground, Starfire shoots a starbolt at Fang, replying, "Keep your legs off my boy!" In the end, when Kitten, Fang, and Killer Moth are being taken away, the DJ pronounces Robin and Starfire Prom King and Queen. While looking at each other in confusion, Robin replies, "I guess one more dance wouldn't kill me." Then he takes Starfire's hand and leads her onto the dance floor willingly, a marked difference from earlier, where Kitten had had to force him to dance.
In Apprentice Part 2, it is seen many times that when Robin battles the Titans on the Wayne Enterprises building, he is actively more merciful toward Starfire. Robin instead battles the other Titans. When it looks as if he will have to battle Starfire, he goes to battle the Titan next to her. Then, when Slade tells Robin to use his new thermal blaster, Robin aims it at Starfire, who is already aiming a starbolt at him. She had not fired, but is stern. Before Robin can fire the blaster, however, Starfire states;
"Robin, you are my best friend. I cannot be in a world where we must fight. If you are truly evil, than go ahead. Do what you must."
She then lowers her hand and her starbolt fades, indicating she will not fight him, and if he truly wants to hurt her, she will not stop him. At this, Robin hesitates, and lowers the blaster. Then, despite strict orders from Slade not to, he says, "Starfire, no ... I ..." thus showing that Robin feels more strongly about her than any other Titan, given that he would talk to her (which was disobeying Slade and would result in their deaths) and not to the others.
After Robin and the others defeat Slade and go back to Titans Tower, Robin approaches Starfire, who looks upset, to ask if everything is OK. Starfire gives an apology to Robin, saying "I'm sorry." Robin interrupts her apology by saying "You're sorry?" with a shocked look on his face. Starfire continues her apology by explaining why she is sorry, stating, "When things were bad, there was a moment where I truly believed that you were like Slade. I doubted you and for that, I am sorry." Robin admits that he and Slade are alike, but the difference between him and Slade is that Slade doesn't have any friends, which makes Starfire's face light up, and the two have a touching moment.
In Troq, when Val Yor made notice of Starfire, he simply stated that she's a Tamaranean. Robin responds by using her name. Robin is also confused as to why Starfire is seemingly keeping her distance from the others (she was actually avoiding Val Yor). When Val Yor sent Starfire into imminent danger, Robin was deeply concerned, and even attempted to try to leave the ship to help her, but Val Yor wouldn't allow it. Later, when Cyborg learned what Val Yor had been calling Starfire, (Troq, a Tamaranean slur meaning "nothing") Cyborg insisted that Robin know. And upon finding out, Robin was outraged, and even demanded that Val Yor apologize.
In Stranded, Robin gets both annoyed and embarrassed when Cyborg teases Robin by saying Starfire is his girlfriend. He accidentally hurts Starfire's feelings by shouting angrily, "SHE'S NOT MY GIRLFRIEND!" Misunderstanding, Starfire takes it to mean that she is not Robin's friend at all. She acts indifferently to him, and becomes so troubled, her powers stop working. Shortly afterwards, the two fall off crumbling cliffs on an isolated planet, and Robin saves Starfire when she reveals that she can't fly because she is emotionally distressed.
They end up stuck in a cave, where they begin to talk about how they feel for each other. Still convinced he does not view her as a friend, Starfire asks that Robin be honest with her at least this once, and tell her how he feels, unaware of the full scale of what that means, given that she does not know that Robin likes her. Attempting to show his remorse for his earlier outburst, Robin goes so far as to admit that he thinks that "it's awesome the way [Starfire] shoots starbolts" and that "it's cool that [she's] brave and the strongest girl ever". Starfire then asks him if he minds having a friend who is a girl. It is assumed that he is about to say that he doesn't mind it at all, before they are interrupted by a vicious alien monster. It is only after Robin takes her hand that he admits that "as long as [they're] together, it'll be okay", and Starfire is once again able to use her powers. After the monster has fallen, Starfire flies with Robin towards the ground, and the two share a heartwarming hug.
In the future Nightwing (Robin in the future) is seen to be protective and a bit more romantic, suggesting either more emotional maturity, or the fact that he never got to tell Starfire how he felt before she "disappeared" into the future. He also developed a nickname for her - Princess, which could either be affectionate or a trope to her royal birth on Tamaran. When Starfire was leaving, they shared one last romantic moment holding hands, before she returned to her time.In Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo, the movie not only served as the series finale to the show, but it finally brought closure to Robin and Starfire's relationship. At the start of the film, when the Titans are chasing after the villain Saico-Tek, he (Saico-Tek) makes Starfire fall out of the sky, but luckily Robin saves her, and they continue to pursue Saico-Tek on Robin's R-Cycle together.
When the Titans first arrive in Tokyo, they have trouble with the language. Starfire reveals that she might be able to help, and much to Robin's shock and jealously, Starfire walks up to a random stranger and kisses him, then immediately starts to speak fluent Japanese. When Robin asks Starfire why she kissed him, Starfire reveals that on Tamaran, Tamaraneans are able to learn any language via lip contact. Cyborg finds this incredible, but Robin is shown to think otherwise, and follows the team dejectedly.
Later, when the Titans separate, Robin and Starfire explore Tokyo together, where they do many activities, such as watching a sumo wrestling match, haveing a boat ride through sakura trees, and finally going to an arcade, where Starfire does so well at the game that she attracts a large crowd of boys (much to Robin's irritation). They are later seen on the rooftop of the Tokyo tower. While there, Starfire brings up the topic of how she had kissed the boy from earlier, presumably to apologize for the obvious discomfort that she had caused Robin. Robin asks if that is why she had kissed him when they first met. Starfire replies that it is, and this causes Robin and Starfire to start discussing the topic of kissing. Starfire explains that on Tamaran, it's merely a way to learn a new language, but also reveals that she has now learned that on Earth it means "more," which makes Robin blush. They finally start to express their true feelings for each other, as Robin confesses to Starfire that she is his best friend, and she replies that he is hers, while at the same time they slowly to start to hold hands, intertwining their fingers.
Robin and Starfire are just about to share their first real kiss with each other, but Robin backs away at the last second, as Starfire's comment of "then we have nothing to fear" in regard to their friendship possibly being ruined by the pursuit of a romantic relationship leads Robin to figure out something else about Brushogun. Robin is suddenly more focused on the mission than ever before, and tells Starfire that they are only heroes and that they can't be in a romantic relationship. Starfire tries to convince Robin otherwise; saying that that there has always been something more between them, but Robin denies any feelings towards her; again saying that a hero is all he is and all he can ever be. Heartbroken, Starfire flies off and starts to cry.
When Robin takes on the disguise of a Tokyo mugger and is being chased by Commander Daizo and the Tokyo Troopers, he is surrounded and is almost captured, but is saved by Starfire's sudden appearance, as they grab hands and fly to safety. Robin and Starfire are later shown at a safe-house, where Starfire explains to Robin that he was not the only Titan attacked, and gives him a copy of his uniform. Starfire is about leave to give Robin time to change, but Robin grabs her arm before she even gets up. He shuffles closer to her, and they attempt to kiss again, but are interrupted by the other Titans walking in on them.
With the battle finally ended and the rain washing away the ink, Robin admits to Starfire that he was wrong about earlier, revealing that they can be "more" than heroes, and he finally starts to reveal his true feelings for her, but Starfire cuts him off, saying, "Robin... Stop talking." Robin and Starfire at long last finally share their first real, official kiss, while Cyborg comments, "Well, it's about time." During the award ceremony, near the end of the movie, the two of them are seen holding each other's hands and smiling, confirming that they have finally become a couple. Cyborg, in reference to the fact that Robin is no longer a fugitive, states "So I guess you're not a wanted man anymore," to which Robin replies "I wouldn't say that," of course meaning he is a "wanted man" in terms of being Starfire's boyfriend.
Another kiss between the two occurs in Teen Titans Go!, #Issue 47 after the events of Trouble in Tokyo. It focuses on the fact that it was a solemn day for Robin; the anniversary of his parents' deaths, and Robin had been close to tears for the entire story. Starfire later goes onto the pier and sees Robin without his mask on, crying. She comforts him, allowing him to vent. Later he says that she helps him remember there's more to life than fighting crime. At the end of the story, they kiss, much to Batman's happiness, knowing that Robin will be fine with Starfire.Birthmark.
They have a deep and finely interwoven friendship, due to similar personalities and instincts, and the two seemed to get along well from the very beginning. Robin was also able to give Raven enough hope and courage for her to defeat Trigon, and he told Raven that she was the most hopeful person he knew. It is obvious Robin cares a lot about Raven, as he willingly traveled into a literal "Hell" created by Trigon in order to save her. Robin is the only one serious enough to truly understand her, even after having been through the psychological labyrinth that is her mind. Robin helps her out whenever he can, and always puts her well-being and consideration before his without a moment's hesitation. When they first met, Raven told Robin, Beast Boy and Cyborg, "If you knew what I really am, you wouldn't want me around." Robin responded by saying, "I know enough," implying that he didn't care what Raven was or if she was different, and knew that she wasn't evil or bad.
In an attempt to help rid him of his self-imposed curse of obsessing over Slade and the danger to his team, Raven has also entered Robin's mind, seeing parts of his life ranging from the traumatic memory of the death of his family to his oath before Batman, establishing thereafter between she and him a powerful psychic bond. They are two of the closest people on the team, and as such Raven often finds comfort in Robin, telling him about things no one else knows. Raven is seen by Robin as a very close friend/companion, as they can understand each other and are on extremely good terms. Even when the other Titans are unsure of Raven's attitude, disposition and intentions towards others, Robin often dismisses their apprehensions and respects Raven for who she is.Cyborg's laid-back nature and Robin's serious demeanor sometimes clash on missions. Cyborg doesn't like people telling him what to do, and is often annoyed by Robin's leadership position. In "Titans East", Cyborg says that he is staying with the Titans East because he "finally has a team of his own, he is finally a man now," suggesting that he coveted Robin's leadership position. Cyborg has clashed with Robin on a few occasions, which resulted in Cyborg quitting the Teen Titans more than once. Despite their differences, they are close friends with a mildly competitive relationship. They even invented a move together, called the Sonic Boom. Cyborg is also well aware of how Robin truly feels about Starfire, and he tends to tease Robin about his feelings for her. It is his comment in Stranded that causes the events between Robin and Starfire throughout the episode. However, he does support them, and was very happy to see that they finally confessed their feelings for each other. His comment after they finally kissed was "Well it's about time".
It is revealed that Cyborg is Robin's second-in-command.
Though their relationship never received much focus in the series, Robin and Beast Boy are quite different, and the two have rather clashing personalities. While Beast Boy is free-spirited, carefree, and doesn't exhibit much intellectual strength, Robin is very focused, smart and serious. Despite their different personalities, however, the comics have portrayed both of them as having very similar pasts, even if they both have a mutual ignorance of this fact. Of the five, the two are also the veteran superheroes of the team, and the most experienced.
The two are good friends, although Robin thinks that Beast Boy's jokes are lame like the others (with the exception of Starfire). Robin angrily pushes Beast Boy to reveal to them what had transpired when Raven was hurt, demanding he "remember", lest he be handed over to the police. This shows an expanding part of their relationship, as they both become seriously angry with each other, leading to Beast Boy finally letting go of his childhood admiration of Robin, as was displayed when they first formed the team at a younger age. This does not mean to say that Beast Boy has lost his respect for Robin. The admiration simply became replaced with respect and the feeling of equality.
Robin also respects Beast Boy, and believes him to be an integral part of the team. In the fifth season, he learns about Beast Boy's past with the Doom Patrol and understood why he was serious since they practically raised him. Robin also expressed respect in Beast Boy's extraordinary leadership skills as they fought the Brotherhood of Evil. This highlights the fact that despite their different personalities, the have similar leadership capabilities and a knack at connecting with people, most notably team mates. When Beast Boy was upset about Terra leaving the Titans Tower without saying good bye, Robin was the one to comfort him.Slade. Robin, however, had consistently believed in Terra, even convincing Raven to work alongside Terra when she had suspected her to be hiding a secret. When she finally did betray the Titans and fought them to bring them down, Robin was her last target to be vanquished. After a fight in which Robin wins, he did not deal the final blow, still asking Terra to join them and become good, telling her of his previous ties to Slade. But Terra takes advantage of Robin's moment of weakness, and defeats him with a boulder. When the Titans resurface and attack her, Robin and the rest of the Titans finally hold nothing back, showing no more mercy for her betrayal, and are almost effortlessly able to overpower her. Robin ultimately forgave her for her crimes when she turned against Slade, and sacrificed herself to save the city from a triggered volcano. After her sacrifice, Robin continues to honor her bravery and her final decision to help the Titans.
Slade has always been Robin's worst enemy. Robin hated Slade from the moment he learned Slade's name. Slade had constantly been testing Robin to see if he was a worthy apprentice, but abandons this mission after he replaces Robin with Terra, because she was more willing to follow instructions than Robin. The relationship between Robin and Slade has never been easy. Robin hates Slade with every bone in his body. He will do anything to bring Slade down, even if it means giving up his life in the process. Due to his stubborn determination, he has fallen into Slade's traps many times. Although Robin doesn't realize it, Slade actually doesn't treat Robin as an enemy, as seen in the episode Masks, where Slade saves Robin's life; Robin has never been grateful for this. However, they are forced to team up after Trigon threatens to destroy the world. Together, they venture into the underworld, each in search of something different. Robin is trying to recover Raven and return before Trigon destroys her. Slade, however, is only trying to reclaim his soul after he was raised from the dead by Trigon, only to be double-crossed and stripped of his mortality, leaving him as the living dead. For the first time, they are united under a single cause, albeit reluctantly. However, they help each other during their quest, and eventually they both get what they had come to get. During the final battle with Trigon, Slade helps out by slicing off one of Trigon's horns, proving to Raven that her father can be hurt. During this brief alliance, Robin and Slade get to understand each other better, but after Trigon is defeated by Raven, Slade escapes before he can be captured by the Titans, rekindling Robin's burning desire to hunt him down.
This is, however, Slade's final appearance in the show, including the events of Trouble in Tokyo. This is most likely because Season 5 focused on the Brotherhood of Evil, and one main driving point of Trouble in Tokyo was that Robin realized he didn't have to be a hero (moreover, a hero only) to be someone worthwhile.
Powers and Abilities
Though Robin technically possesses no true superhuman powers, he has undergone a vigorous and intensive training regimen under Batman, conditioning his body and mind to peak human levels, to such a scale that he has been called a "one-man army" by the Master of Games. Some versions of the Teen Titans have suggested that the reason for his obsessive training is that he feels he must be at his very best at all times in order to be the same level as his teammates, as they all have superhuman powers of some sort.
Peak Human Condition: Robin represents the pinnacle of human physical ability possible for his age, with his physical characteristics greater than that of even an Olympic level athlete. He was raised in an acrobat family known as the "Flying Graysons" and began agility training at the earliest age, and continues to engage in intense regular rigorous exercise (including aerobics, weight lifting, gymnastics, and simulated combat) to keep himself in peak condition.
He is arguably the strongest non-metahuman on Earth, seen punching out invulnerable opponents like Cinderblock, and he could support a large bear guardian on his back. He has often defeated opponents whose size, strength, or other powers are much higher than his own. Robin's durability is such that he can be struck large amounts of blunt force trauma, and his endurance allows him to go a long period of time without stopping, both in the physical and mental sense. He is shown to be able to scale city buildings, leap the length of a rooftop, and maneuver through the air in battle with ease. Robin is particularly stealthy, and can infiltrate and sneak up on opponents, and silently leave an area without a trace. His balance and coordination are superb, and he has incredibly quick reflexes, which allows him to dodge energy blasts and gunfire at close range. He can also run at an above average speed for a human in small bursts, sufficient to chase down vehicles.
- Martial Arts & Hand-to-Hand Combat: Robin is one of the finest human combatants on Earth, his skills honed to such a level even superhumans and armed adversaries can be overpowered by them. He has mastered several different martial arts styles from across the world, learned from Batman and the True Master. He also has knowledge of Tamaranean fighting techniques.
- Genius Intellect: Robin holds expertise in numerous areas, both academic and physical. He is the second most technologically adept Titan (after Cyborg), and helps maintain the security and computer systems of Titan's Tower. He has impressive understanding of various sciences, like physics and chemistry, and is a skilled mechanic and engineer, building all of his own gadgets and equipment. He is a trained detective, with a keen eye and experience in forensics. He is an expert interrogator, and has a very logical mind; he is able to create plans and strategies to effectively take down his opponent. Robin is a master escapologist, marksman, pilot, thief and impersonator, having masqueraded as various identities for infiltration.
- Exceptional Leadership Skill - He is the most driven of the team (sometimes to a fault) and is very good at focusing on his goal, having a one-track mind. He is well disciplined and exercises what he has learned from his mentor onto his teammates, occasionally to the point of their aggravation - as Cyborg said in The Quest, "[Robin] takes himself way too seriously."
- Robin suit: Robin's costume is composed of light body armor that protects from forceful impact (including bullets), yet still allows for ease of movement. It incorporates a cape made of high-density polymerized titanium that serves as flexible armor, and has resilience to heavy artillery and various kinds of high-intensity flame, even that generated by superhumans, such as Hot Spot. His boots have platforms made of metal, giving traction in most terrains and weighing his kicks for considerably more power. He has mentioned upon occasion that parts is his uniform (namely his cape) is one of a kind, but in The Quest we see that he has many versions of his uniform.
- Utility Belt: Robin wears a utility belt, giving him access to a wide array of tools and weapons inside the various compartments. These include:
- Birdarangs: Small, bladed objects that can be thrown like boomerangs.
- Bo Staff - A collapsible metal staff, this is Robin's main weapon. It can be used to strike and attack, and spun around as a makeshift shield. The composition of the staff is strong enough to block blasts of energy and support a large amount of weight. It can also be separated into 2 Eskrima sticks (which in other media are Nightwing's iconic weapons). This indicates that he is quite skilled in the art of bojutsu.
- Smoke Pellets - Capsules that release a grey smoke over a wide area, effective for confusing a large number of opponents and for covering escape.
- Flash Bombs - Each marble sized bomb explodes in a burst of bright light, blinding his opponents.
- Ammunition Discs - Easily thrown discs that contain various substances, such as freezing gas, extinguishing foam, and explosives. Robin can also attach these onto a specific target, then set a timer on them for a delayed release.
- Grapple - Most often used to swing on buildings and catch himself from falling, it can also be used to tie up an opponent, or launched as a makeshift projectile.
- Bola - Used for typing up criminals, and also to constrict the limbs of foes in battle.
- Mini Supercomputer - Can scan the area, analyze evidence and hack into computer systems
- Lock picks
- Tracking devices
Robin's main mode of transport is the R-Cycle, which he always rides with a specialized helmet that has lights built into it. He also uses a jetpack on occasion.
Unlike most other superhero television series, the Teen Titans characters maintain their superhero identities at all times. Although the series hints at the concept of an alter ego or secret identity, it is rarely explored. The Titans have even been seen sleeping in their uniforms.
Some fans have debated over which Robin leads the Teen Titans. His trousers and steel bo-staff weapon are usually associated with Tim Drake's appearance when he first became Robin in the comics in 1989. Previous Robins like Dick Grayson and Jason Todd had worn shorts and relied mainly on fists.
Teen Titans Go! #47 revealed that Robin's secret identity is in fact Dick Grayson, and this is strongly implied many times throughout the animated series:
- In the series, Robin falls in love with Starfire. In the comics, Dick Grayson falls in love with Starfire.
- When Robin rejects Slade, he says "I already have a father", referring to Robin's mentor, Batman.
- Robin's alternate dimensional counterpart Larry gives us his real name as "nosyarG kciD ("Dick Grayson" spelled backwards).
- When Starfire is thrust into the future, Robin has taken on Grayson's identity of Nightwing.
- When Raven goes into Robin's mind, a memory of Robin swearing an oath to Batman is seen (Dick Grayson swore an oath to Batman before he became Robin); also seen is a short memory of two acrobats falling from a trapeze.
- Red X pulls Robin's mask, and his flesh goes with it as if glued on (a cartoon sequence); in the comics, Dick Grayson (as Nightwing) admitted to using a type of glue called spirit gum to get his mask to stay on.
- Robin's hair is styled in the same manner as that of Dick Grayson's Robin.
- In the episode "Go!", after a stream of bats go by, a crook asks, "Hey, this isn't your town! Aren't you supposed to be with ... " He is interrupted by Robin, who replies "I just moved here. And from now on, I work alone,"; this could reference the tragic breakup of Dick Grayson (Robin) and Bruce Wayne (Batman) as the Dynamic Duo.
Episodes focusing on Robin
- Divide and Conquer
- Final Exam
- Mad Mod (Episode)
- Apprentice, Part 1
- Apprentice, Part 2
- Date With Destiny
- Winner Take All
- The Quest
- The End, Part 2
- Revved Up
- Calling All Titans!
- Trouble In Tokyo (movie)
- Forces of Nature
- The Sum of His Parts
- Deep Six
- Mad Mod
- Car Trouble
- Apprentice - Part 1
- Apprentice - Part 2
- How Long Is Forever?
- Every Dog Has His Day
- Only Human
- Fear Itself
- Date With Destiny
- Titan Rising
- Winner Take All
- Aftershock - Part 1
- Aftershock - Part 2
- The Beast Within
- Can I Keep Him?
- Bunny Raven... or ...How to Make A Titananimal Disappear
- Titans East - Part 1
- Titans East - Part 2
- Episode 257-494
- The Quest
- Cyborg the Barbarian
- Employee of the Month
- The Prophecy
- Mother Mae-Eye
- The End - Part 1
- The End - Part 2
- The End - Part 3
- Homecoming - Part 1
- Homecoming - Part 2
- For Real (no lines)
- Hide and Seek (no lines)
- Revved Up
- Calling All Titans!
- Titans Together
- Things Change
Teen Titans Go!
- Robin is the only member of the Teen Titans who does not have any superpowers.
- Technically though, Cyborg doesn't have any actual superpowers. He uses the technology that makes up half his body.
- Robin refers to Batman briefly in "Apprentice - Part 2". When Slade says that Robin may even come to view him as a father figure, he replies,"I already have a father." Bats are subsequently seen flying out of the building.
- Though Robin's real name is never revealed in the show, and it has never been fully confirmed, this version of Robin is thought to be the Dick Grayson version, as his alter-ego, Larry, had the real name of Nos Yargkcid, which, spelt backwards, is Dick Grayson. In the future, he also becomes Nightwing further presuming the theory of the latter being Dick Grayson
- After attempting to steal a weapon for Slade in "Apprentice - Part 2", Robin escapes to the roof, where he fights the rest of the Titans. One of the giant signs on the roof says Wayne Enterprises, indicating that Robin had been made to steal from Wayne Industries, Bruce Wayne's (Batman's) company.
- In the DC comics, there have been several different Robins. There was Dick Grayson (the original Boy Wonder), Jason Todd (kidnapped by The Joker, tortured and killed, then resurrected to become the Red Hood), Tim Drake (who became Red Robin), Stephanie Brown (the first female Robin), and Damian Wayne (Bruce's son with Talia al Ghul). The producers incorporated traits from all of them into the one for this show.
- In a Cartoon Network 2004 commercial/bumper, Robin has his own energy drink and vending machine.
- Gizmo calls Robin "Bird Brain". The name "Bird Brain" was used by Poison Ivy to refer to Robin in the 1997 film Batman and Robin.
- Robin has appeared in the most episodes, only missing in the episodes For Real and Lightspeed.
- In the episode Calling All Titans Robin is titled by The Brain as the King, while Starfire is the Queen, and the rest of the Titans are the pawns (referring to chess pieces). This may also be a slight, as the King is not a very powerful chess piece (only able to move one square at a time) and the Queen is generally considered to be the "best".
- Robin is only seen on 2 occasions without his mask, each time being only for a few moments. The first instance was in "The Sum of His Parts" in which Cyborg grabs Robin by the collar and jerks him back, his mask "following" his body; and for a few frames his eyes are visible as white circles with thick, black outlines. The second is during the film, Trouble in Tokyo, when the other Titans walk in on Robin's 2nd attempt to kiss Starfire, and his glasses fall down to reveal his eyes, and they look the same as they did in The Sum of His Parts.
- However, since both instances were comedic in context, his eyes may not actually look like this. This is not solid fact, however, as for a few episodes, Gizmo's eyes were the same style, even outside of comic scenes.
- Cyborg's comment of "...4ft tall and smells of cheap hair gel" in Divide and Conquer is not entirely untrue. Robin has been shown on numerous occasions to style his hair, namely in "Mother Mae-Eye", when he was shown actually using hair gel after getting up.
- Robin's hatred and obession with Slade is eerily similar to Batman's hatred and obession with The Joker. Like The Dark Knight against The Clown Prince of Crime, Robin will do whatever it takes to stop Slade before he could harm another innocent person and sew Slade lock up in a cell.
- He is 5'4".
- That said, it is very unlikely that Robin is only 4ft tall, even if he is one of the shorter Titans (after Cyborg, Starfire and - sometimes - Raven), as 4ft tall is less than the average height of an eight-year-old child. According to the producers, he is 5'4": the same height as Raven, two inches shorter than Starfire, and three inches taller than Beast Boy.
- However, like Beast Boy, his height "fluctuates" depending on the episode, and sometimes in individual scenes. At times he is shown to be taller than Raven, at other times they are the same height. Similarly, at times he is the same height as Starfire (or possibly even slightly taller), whereas usually he is clearly shorter.
- Sorry to interrupt the victory celebration, but like I said. This isn't over.-Final Exam (To the H.I.V.E. students)
- So, Johnny, how does it feel to have your butt kicked by a stupid little kid?-Fractured (to Johnny Rancid)
- New deal, Slade. If I lose my friends, you lose your apprentice. And I know how much you hate to lose.-Apprentice II (to Slade)
- You know, Robins, the mask makes me feel cool too.-The Quest (to the rest of the Titans)
- You know, you two make a really bad couple.-Date With Destiny (to Kitten and Fang)
- I guess one more dance wouldn't kill me.-Date With Destiny (to Starfire)
- Tell Slade if he wants this chip, he can come get it himself.-Masks
- Yes, your sister was interesting, but she could never take your place. No one could ever take your place.-Sisters (to Starfire)
- I'm glad you'll be staying with the Titans for a long time, and not getting married.-Betrothed (to Starfire)
- It doesn't matter what you look like. No matter how you change on the outside, you'll always be Starfire on the inside.-Transformation (to Starfire)
- Trust me, Johnny, this won't seem funny when you're paying for it in jail.-Can I Keep Him? (to Johnny Rancid)
- I know what it means to be a hero, and trust me. You're no hero.-Teen Titans Trouble in Tokyo (to Uehara Daizo)
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