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Timothy Jackson "Tim" Drake-Wayne

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Tim Drake as Robin (left) and Red Robin (right)

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Created By: Marv Wolfman · Pat Broderick

First Appearance:Batman #436

Appearances:Robin | RobinPlus | Robin/Spoiler Special | Young Justice | Red Robin | Teen Titans | Batgirl (2000) | Batgirl (2009) | Batman | Batman and Robin (2009) | Birds of Prey | Bruce Wayne: The Road Home | Catwoman| Detective Comics | Detention Comics | Gotham Central | Grant Morrison's Batman | Nightwing | The Psyba-Rats | Superboy/Robin: World's Finest Three | Action Comics(guest) | Anarky(guest) | Blue Beetle | Gotham City Sirens | Impulse | The Outsiders(guest) | Resurrection Man(guest) | Seven Soldiers of Victory | Shadowpact(guest) | Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. | Superboy | Supergirl | Superman(guest) | Superman/Batman | Wonder Girl| Wonder Woman Vol 2 (guest) | Wonder Woman Vol 3 (guest) | World's Finest(guest) | World's Finest (2010) | A Lonely Place of Dying | Knightfall | Batman Contagion | Cataclysm | Batman: No Man's Land | Bruce Wayne: Fugitive | Batman: Hush | Batman: War Games | Face The Face | Batman: The Black Mirror | Joker's Last Laugh | Blackest Night: Batman | Forever Evil | Convergence | Batman Beyond | The New 52: Futures End | Gotham Academy (cameo) | Grayson (guest) | Red Hood and the Outlaws (guest) | Teen Titans | Night of the Owls | Batman and Robin Eternal | Detective Comics (Rebirth) | Nightwing (Rebirth)(guest appearance)  Nightwing #9 - Fighting Destiny | Red Hood and the Outlaws (Rebirth)(cameo) Red Hood And The Outlaws: Rebirth #1 | Batwoman (Rebirth)(guest) Batwoman: Rebirth #1 - The Many Arms of Death Prologue | Young Justice (2019)

"I thought I'd left that world behind me. That maybe I could do more good working from the shadows. Apparently I was wrong. I'm going to need help."

Despite the setback of Jason Todd's unpopularity and the killing-off that came along with it, Denny O'Neil was not convinced to give up on the character of Robin. Thus, Tim Drake was born, and this time, the writers were careful to make him much less similar to Dick.

At age nine, Tim was able to deduce both Batman and Robin I's identities, but kept it to himself, until years later, when Dick went solo and Jason died. Realizing how deeply Jason's death had affected his idol, Batman, Tim tried to convince Dick to reprise his role as Batman's partner. Although he agreed, Dick would only do so as Nightwing, despite Tim's insistence that Batman needed a Robin.

It took multiple trials, but finally, Tim was able to gain both Bruce and Dick's respect, along with the permission to become Robin. He proved to be much more popular than Jason ever was, and was pretty much the Robin post-Dick, holding the title the longest after him and being Batman's most trusted lieutenant after Dick went solo. As Dick had before him, he featured in multiple spin-off series: he was a founding member of Young Justice and later of the next generation of Teen Titans.

Tim's character shifted in the 2000s with a long string of character deaths among the people closest to him: he became much more grim and Batman-like in his personality and his attitude towards being a superhero, no longer viewing it as something temporary. Following the Bat-Family shakeup following Batman R.I.P. and Battle For The Cowl, where he was abruptly replaced as Robin, he took up the new identity of Red Robin. Upon Bruce's return, Tim as Red Robin began operating independently in Gotham – he was a more tech-savvy hero, using the first Anarky in a sort of "Oracle" tech role.

The New 52 reboot greatly reduced Tim's involvement with the Bat-Family and set him up primarily as the leader of the Teen Titans. It also controversially rewrote a large number of aspects of Tim's backstory: the reasons for his first meeting Batman were changed, his parents were said to be alive but in witness protection, the surname "Drake" was said to be an alias, and finally he was said to have never been Robin in the new continuity but to have used the name "Red Robin" from the beginning.note Retconned in some time after the reboot started, presumably as an attempt to address the criticism of Batman having apparently gone through four Robins in five years, despite it having no bearing on the actual issue of the timeline. These changes were reversed step-by-step over several years in the mid-to-late 2010s: the issue of his name was quietly dropped, his original meeting with Batman was restored to continuity,note first by implication in Grayson, then explicitly in Detective Comics (Rebirth) his time as Robin was restored as well,note in Detective Comics (Rebirth), via Cosmic Retcon his parents were established as dead,note in the 2019 Batman annual and finally his pre-New-52 memories were completely restored.note in Young Justice (2019) Since the DC Rebirth relaunch, Tim has also returned to working much more closely alongside Batman and the rest of the Bat-Family. And aside from a ten-month period where he took up "Drake" as a superhero identity before abandoning it, since 2019 he has also begun switching back and forth between the identities of Robin and Red Robin fairly arbitrarily.

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  • 10-Minute Retirement: After his father learns that he is Robin and forbids him from continuing by threatening to expose Bruce Tim retires and adjusts quickly and happily back into civilian life even ignoring Bruce’s cruel Batman Gambit of putting his girlfriend in the suit and unfairly firing her after she broke a single rule in order to save his life. Tim does end up back in the suit after things in Gotham go rapidly downhill and the city needs him. He eventually even gains his father’s support and pride with the intervention of his stepmother though his dad would still prefer him to be safely off the streets.
  • Above the Influence: He politely declined a drunken Rose Wilson's offer to "be friends." Unfortunately, this led to a Not What It Looks Like moment between him and Kid Devil, Rose's love interest.
  • Action Hero: A highly trained martial artist who uses those skills to achieve his goals. During Battle for the Cowl Jason even admits that in a close quarters fight he has an advantage on Tim in reach, weight and strength but that without Jason having prior prep time Tim didn't he'd be outclassed in a straight fight due to Tim's training and fast thinking.
  • Amazon Chaser: Picks this trope up in Red Robin. He fails to stop a fight between his new ally, Pru, and the new Batgirl, Stephanie Brown, because he's too busy gawping at how much better Steph has gotten at fighting (and how good she looks in her costume). Both of these things very much work for him.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: Chuck Dixon has mentioned that he had "Jewish" in mind while writing the character, but his series never explicitly stated his religious beliefs.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: In 2019 he adopted the codename of Drake, explicitly named after the bird. Which means his new name is apparently inspired by... male ducks? At the end of Young Justice (2019), he quickly drops it and goes back to just being Robin.
  • Anti-Hero: Slips into this as he gets older, using a modified version of Scarecrow’s fears gas to take down rioting gang members and other things which make Stephanie uncomfortable and lead to Dick being able to talk her into spying on him.
  • The Apprentice: As Robin he starts out as one to Batman, and Nightwing who he stayed with for a time during his training. Lady Shiva also sees him as one.
  • Ascended Fanboy: He was a massive fan of the original Dynamic Duo.
  • Attempted Rape: After Tim more than passes Ra’s al Ghul's tests Ra’s sends his half-sister the "Daughter of Acheron" to go make a worthy heir with him, Tim realized what they were up to and asked his sister Cass for backup.
  • Atrocious Alias: During the Young Justice’s jaunt through the multiverse, Tim defeats his Earth-3 counterpart and takes his costume and name, becoming “Drake”. At the end of issue 18, Tim’s back to being Robin with everyone telling him what a terrible name it was. The team was even planning an intervention but Batman beat them to it.
  • Audience Surrogate: A big part of Tim's popularity initially was how easily readers could relate to him as a character as he has the most 'normal' background out of the Robins.
  • Badass Bookworm: In a very Batman-like vein, he devotes his free time to developing electronic gadgets for crime-fighting purposes, when he's not actively trying to clone his dead friends back to life. He's been established as being way less agile than Dick Grayson, and Batgirl can wipe the floor with him (a single time when he managed to beat her is largely considered Fanon Discontinuity, and has since been explained away in canon as her being severely handicapped by the serum which was causing her to fight him in the first place), but he's still pretty awesome and can beat Killer Croc while having the flu.
  • Badass Cape: One of the alterations he made to the Robin costume was to make the outer side of the cape black and make the cape longer with modifications that allowed it to act as a glider or quickly detach and wrap around whatever is touching it making it a good temporary restraint for anyone trying to grab Tim by his cape. He then went for a completely black glider cape as Red Robin.
  • Badass and Child Duo: The child of the duo as Robin while working alongside Batman.
  • Badass Normal: Like all members of the Batfamily. Tim's best friends include the half-kryptonainwithtactile telekinesisConner Kent and the speedsterBart Allen. Tim has no trouble keeping up and is the one they look to as a leader when they're all together.
  • Bash Brothers: Occasionally with Batman. Also Nightwing and Superboy.
  • Battle Couple: With Stephanie Brown as Spoiler before they broke up. They're back together in DC Rebirth, before breaking up again in DC Infinite Frontier.
  • Bavarian Fire Drill: This almost backfires on him when he is properly questioned and nearly detained by a group of soldiers.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: When Tim first turns up in Steph's Batgirl series, the two of them are not on good terms. It only lasts the issue, with them making up at the end, but it's played for romantic tension.
    • Arguably he and Steph had it in their first appearances together, although at the time it was mostly one-sided from Steph.
    • Also with Harper Row, at first. Though later on in Batman Eternal it's indicated that they're becoming more like Platonic Life-Partners.
  • Betrayal Insurance: Like his mentor he has a set list of plans for dealing with a number of his allies but they are mostly those whom he is not close to or have already made repeated attempts on his life.
  • Big Brother Worship: Tim Drake completely adores Dick Grayson.
  • Black Sheep: Didn't feature much in Batfamily stories during the New 52 era, being more closely tied to the Teen Titans. The one character he was closest to was Jason, whose series Red Hood and the Outlaws was written by the same writer.
  • Blood from the Mouth: Understandably happens sometimes due to the nature of his chosen profession, notably during both of his solo fights with Jason they cause this to each other though Tim wasn't really fighting back the first time.
  • Boots of Toughness: Rather than the pixie boots his predecessors wore as Robin Tim wears metal toed tabi boots.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: In one of the arcs in the Young Justice comic, the team fell victim to this, but Supergirl helped snap them out of it.
  • Building Swing: Goes hand in hand with his Grappling-Hook Gun.
  • Bulletproof Vest: The Robin costume ends up with more armor in response to Jason's death.
  • Bumbling Sidekick: Deliberately averted. After the death of Jason Todd, writers like Denny O'Neil knew they had to come up with a damn good reason why Batman would take on another Kid Sidekick. Making him a hindrance to Batman in any way was shot down because of this.
  • Cain and Abel: Both Jason and Damian have tried to kill him a number of times making him the Abel to their Cain(s). Jason has come very close to succeeding.
  • The Call Knows Where You Live: The reason Tim is now an orphan and permanently dedicated to crime-fighting.
  • Captain Obvious: In Young Justice at times when exposition was needed to point out something not clear in comic format. Of course, whenever Young Justice did something the author thought was stupid, it got mocked:

    Robin: The kids... They've turned old! And those other kids are dancing out of control!

    Superboy: Wow. I can tell you were trained by the world's greatest detective.

  • Cassandra Truth: When he realizes Bruce is not dead everyone thinks his mind has snapped from all of the losses he's had lately. Even if he's aware of how he sounds he knows someone needs to be looking for Bruce if there's even a chance he survived.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: In Red Robin #9, after Ra’s al Ghul realizes that Tim had much greater access to his computer systems than he had intended:

    Tim: How can I help you, Ra’s? Computer trouble?

  • Celibate Hero: Well, in the physical aspect. He’s dated before and was quite romantic with his girlfriends, but is repeatedly confirmed to be a virgin by his own choice.
    • Nearly subverted in Convergeance where he and Stephanie actually nearly became physically intimate, but only stopped because of their injuries, showing he's not entirely against sex.
    • Eventually, Detective Comics (Rebirth) shows him and Steph having slept together.
  • Characterization Marches On: About a decade or so after his creation, it's common for Tim to be portrayed as a slightly neurotic neat freak but he started out as just an average boy with a messy room who stays up all night with dorm mates to watch baseball and play video games. Of course things have happened in his life since then.
  • Character Name Alias: When Young Justice infiltrated Spyboy’s sleeper personality's high school, they used ridiculously obvious aliases, including Rob Roy (Robin) and Helena Troy (Wonder Girl). Mercifully the charade didn't last long
  • Charity Ball: Being Bruce Wayne's son means he attends quite a few of these.
  • Chest Insignia: R on his upper left chest as Robin and his Red Robin uniform has one smack in the center of his chest.
  • The Chessmaster: How he defeated Ra's Al Ghul. It was such a victory that Tim himself earned the title, "Detective", a title that had been bestowed to Bruce, and Dick (just prior to taking on the mantle). Goes to show you how much the boy matured once Bruce Wayne... left.
  • Chick Magnet: Despite being kind of a nerd, he started attracting the attention of a lot of superheroines/villainnesses even at a young age, namely Lynx I, Spoiler, Dava, Darla Aquista, Lynx III (in Red Robin series), Secret and Arrowette (in Young Justice) despite not having the least bit of interest in most of them.

    "It's the cape. Chicks dig the cape."

  • Chosen Conception Partner: To Ra's Al-Ghul's sister, a "Daughter of Acheron". She fails, however.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: He has often blamed himself for the deaths of classmates that he had failed to save, despite the fact that the victims brought it on themselves. He's also so dedicated to crimefighting that he would drop everything and anything to change into his Robin costume when he sees any sort of crime in his vicinity, mostly at the expense of his girlfriends, family and friends.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Tim's stepmother Dana. When his dad was Killed Off for Real in Identity Crisis, Dana had a nervous breakdown and shipped off to a sanitarium in Bludhaventhe city that would soon be completely destroyed in Infinite Crisis. It was never confirmed if she was killed in Bludhaven. Neither has her continued existence.
  • Clark Kent Outfit: He wore glasses for a while during his short tenure at Brentwood Academy, as sort of a precaution.
  • Closet Key: In a storyline in Batman: Urban Legends #4-6, reconnecting with his old high school friend Bernard Dowd leads to Tim realising that he is bisexual. It's also implied that Tim himself was Bernard's own Closet Key.
  • Cloud Cuckoolanders Minder: For Bart Allen whenever Young Justice/Teen Titans are together.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Has escaped attempts by others to have him be a victim of it more than once, for example when Freeway left him to be tortured by Doctor Excess.
  • Combat Parkour: He may not be as agile as Nightwing but he definitely uses this, sometimes using his staff to propel himself or catch on things to alter his movements in a fight or chase.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Not above using any advantage he can get in a fight. One story had him posioning his opponent with a substance that would only take effect during the fight, before said opponent even sent him her challenge.
  • Coming-of-Age Story: Tim goes from an idealistic kid hoping to prompt his heroes into helping one another to a seasoned crimefighter.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: Between his loyalty to his father and his loyalty to Bruce.
  • The Conscience: Puts himself in position to act as one for Bruce though he may not always listen and tries to be one for AzBats though this gets him physically attacked and kicked out of the Batcave (luckily Azrael is not as good at preventing Tim from accessing the cave and other Bat resources as he thinks, and unfortunately Azrael graduates to trying to kill Tim).
  • Consummate Liar: As a result of having to lie to everyone about his identity and activities for years he becomes a very good liar with the ability to control his heartbeat like Batman and Nightwing. When his father caught him in a lie and managed to discover that he was Robin Tim's inner monologue revealed that he had intentionally been less careful than usual as he was sick of lying to his dad but didn’t want to go against Bruce’s request of hiding being Robin so he just started to be more careless with things which might reveal his secret to his father.
  • Contamination Situation: He gets contaminated with Clench, also called the Apocalypse Virus, and spends some time curled up in the medical bay of the Batcave bleeding from the eyes while Alfred watches over him knowing that there is no known cure and only two known survivors.
  • Cool Car & Cool Bike: The Redbird, a transforming armored sport coupé though he rarely drives after wreaking it and getting a new one, and his bike which he prefers. He also had a skateboard he named the Redboard which he used for a while in costume.
  • Covered with Scars: As Red Robin he's getting there
  • The Cowl: After becoming Red Robin. He operates the most like Bruce out of the Robins after all.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Batman's rubbed off on him, obviously. During his time spent with the League of Assassins, Tim exploited his access to their database to pinpoint secret League locations in Gotham. That enabled him to orchestrate a Big Damn Heroes moment with his allies, to suppress the attempted assassinations on everyone that mattered to Bruce Wayne.
    • As Robin in Young Justice when the crew went camping, a game of Truth or Dare came up. He was dared to pull his mask off... and so he did, revealing that he had a SECOND mask on underneath! Yup, you can tell he was "trained by the world's greatest detective!"
  • The Creon: Unlike Bruce's other children Tim does not want to become Batman or replace Bruce's position in Gotham whatsoever,note (Dick is offended when Bruce considers others to take the mantle without first talking to him when Bruce has to temporarily set it aside, Jason thinks Bruce's methods are ineffective and he needs to be replaced, Cass wants to be the next Batman, Damian thinks Batman is his birthright) instead preferring to work as Batman's partner. While he's made it clear he'll take on the mantle if necessary he's also made it clear he absolutely hates the idea.
  • Darkhorse Victory: Tim has a reputation of being as smart, or even smarter than, Bruce himself – particularly since the New 52. Ra's Al Ghul calls him "Detective," implying that he's the best person to inherit the mantle of the Bat.
  • Dating Catwoman: Tim Drake has UST with: Spoiler, one that started when she hit him in the face with a brick, Darla "Warlock's Daughter," one of his classmates who was brought back from the dead to kill Robin wants to date Tim, Evil!Cassandra Cain when she was Brainwashed and Crazy tied for this angle, and, appropriately, both of the gangleaders named Lynx, the latter of whom tackled him out of a window, started kissing him in mid-air, and trusted in him to actually stop their fall with a grappling hook while she's massaging his tonsils with her tongue. Sometimes, there's an advantage to being the Dogged Nice Guy, though Cass and Darla both horrified him and he wasn't at all interested in reciprocating their advances.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: When Stephanie and Tim start dating Bruce disapproves as he thinks it encourages her to continue acting as Spoiler, Cluemaster disapproves when he finds out since it means his daughter is dating a hero, and even Jack has something to say about Tim dating a girl who is the daughter of a supervillain and has had a child already. Tim and Steph don't care.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Both in and out of costume, like when letting Cass know his retirement hasn’t cost him his Awesomeness by Analysis:

    Tim: Tell Batman I didn’t get a lobotomy, just because I went out of the teenage detective business.
    Batgirl: He said you’d figure it out. You still… impress him.
    Tim: You bet. I’m Mister Remarkable. I even do balloon animals.

  • Demoted to Extra: Tim's role in the Bat-Family was drastically reduced from the New 52 onwards, compared to his Pre-Flashpoint self. While he appeared in comic book storylines, he became The Generic Guy along with Jason and often got relegated to the background. Although DC Rebirth brought him closer to the Bat-Family, it didn't restore his former presence: he continued only appearing regularly in one series at a time, and notably was the only Robin who didn't get his own one-shot in the lead-up to the Bat-Cat wedding. It didn't help that he was "killed off" by editorial mandate for a full year (in real time) right in the middle of this.
  • Depending on the Artist: Tim has been drawn differently by multitude of artists in his 20+ year history, but there are a few constants in his appearance: spiky, gelled-up hair; average height and a slim body type.
    • Even the spikey hair is gone now. As of the New 52, he usually sports Dick Grayson's old haircut while out of costume, while Dick's hair has gotten longer and more spikey (which is also Depending on the Artist).
  • Depending on the Writer: Especially since the New 52, with his backstory being in flux: some writers have portrayed him as being an Insufferable Genius, some as suffering from an Ambiguous Disorder, and some play up his more Endearingly Dorky side. It doesn't help that the New 52 Teen Titans book was critically panned and that he's been used under different editorial groups.
  • Determinator: "I'll never give up, Dad. Not while there's a breath in our bodies — neither one of us will ever give up."
  • Deus Angst Machina: To lose one parent, Mr. Drake, may be regarded as misfortune; to losefour...
  • Distressed Dude: Averted Trope. Unlike Dick Grayson constantly needing to be rescued or saved, Tim was deliberately kept out of danger for a long time after putting on the costume. Initially, he operated as Batman's Voice with an Internet Connection so that they could slowly introduce him to danger.
  • Doesn't Like Guns: Not to Bruce's level but he sticks with the Batfamily's rule on gun use:

    Tim: Batman and I work outside the law so we can never appear in court to justify our use of deadly force. So, to reduce the chance of ending up with a corpse on our hands, we avoid those tools which employ deadly force.

  • Domino Mask: Keeping in with the fine tradition. He ditched it for a time when he was kicked out of the Robin mantle and wore a round-headed cowl-mask, but his Unternet costume has one and his New 52 Red Robin costume has it again.
  • Dynamic Character: Timothy starts out as an optimistic fan of Batman and both Robins capable of occasionally following them around and snapping pictures without being noticed and develops into an accomplished if jaded crime fighter in his own right who has led teams of superheroes, is running his own information network and is expected to surpass Bruce as the world’s greatest detective and has lost not just two but three parents.
  • Easily Forgiven: Is the first among the family to forgive Jason Todd in the New 52, despite the still-canon history of attempting to murder Tim.
  • Easing into the Adventure: Tim starts out just trying to get Dick to return to his role as the Dark Knights partner and Morality Pet since he can see that Bruce’s recklessness in the wake of Jason’s death is going to get him killed. He didn’t want to become Robin at first and even when he did he considered it a temporary role and started out as Mission Control and in training instead of going straight to being a crimefighter in Gotham like his predecessors.
  • Enemy Mine: The only person who believes him about Bruce not being dead is Ra's al Ghul who offers him support in his search.
  • Escape Artist: At some point Bruce figured out his Kid Sidekicks needed to be competent escape artists to survive.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: This is Tim's basic reaction to realizing that the Bad Future (caused by the fall of one of his hero friends) he'd been obsessively trying to find ways to avoid was Batman's idea of a test.
    • Upon realizing that Cass has betrayed everything she once stood for and is now his enemy, and especially when she captures him and strings him up and then punches him awake because, “Deathstroke wants to talk to you”.
    • When Jason decided the best reaction to the accidental Breaking Speech Bruce left for Jason in his video will was to become a murderous reinvention of Batman wielding guns after he and Tim had started to develop the bare beginnings of a brotherly relationship Tim grabs the Idiot Ball with both hands and allows himself to be caught by Jason in Jason’s booby trapped hideout giving Jason all the prep time and getting stabbed in the chest for his troubles. When he wakes and realizes Jason had left him for dead after Tim reflexively slowed his pulse enough to appear not to have one he is really disappointed in Jason and himself.
  • Evil Mentor: After Dick takes Robin from him the only person to (rather forcefully) offer their help in Tim’s search is Ra's al Ghul:

    I’m alone. I thought that no one was going to help me. That no one believed me. I was wrong. Ra's al Ghul believes me. He’s been watching me the whole time, ever since I left Gotham. Watching me search for Bruce. And of all the people on this planet, hewants to help me. He thinks I’m right.

  • Expository Hairstyle Change: After recovering from the burns he received from Anarky II Tim grew his hair out longer than it had been before and started wearing it differently and more professionally than his previous spiked look after becoming Red Robin.
  • Expressive Mask: The domino mask he wears as Robin and his cowl as Red Robin.
  • Expy: Of Peter Parker. It's no secret that Chuck Dixon based Tim Drake's adventures on the first 50 issues of The Amazing Spiderman. Fans used to compare him to the iconic Marvel superhero, calling him the Peter Parker of Gotham.
  • Face Palm: In Superman/Batman #62 Supergirl's enthusiasic self guided tour of the Batcave while Tim is in the middle of a sentence causes him to irritably drop his face into a hand. Perhaps she's giving him flashbacks to trying to corral Impulse:

    Tim: In the meantime feel free to give yourself a tour of the cave.
    Kara: Okay.
    Tim: Just dont touch
    *Kara zips off and returns at Super Speed*
    Tim: -anything.
    Kara: That was fun! What's the giant penny for?

  • The Farmer and the Viper: Tim tries to give Damian a second chance after trying to get through his head that he does not need to kill Tim to become accepted as Bruce’s son, Damian responds by trying to kill him again, and as a matter of fact never stops making attempts on Tim’s life though in Damian’s case he never really gives him his trust, Jason on the other hand betrays Tim thoroughly. After Tim helps Jason escape from Arkham and gives him access to the Batcave to view his portion of Bruce’s video will Jason seems to be ready to uphold their unspoken truce as he leaves but later has a complete breakdown over the message Bruce left and he nearly succeeds in murdering Tim.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: In the DCYOU Batman Beyond series following The New 52: Futures End an alternate-future version of Tim was sent 35 years to the future in the Batman Beyond Universe, replacing Terry Mcginnis as Batman.
  • Foil: To Dick Grayson. He is everything Dick Grayson was not, by design. Instead of the whimsical, lighthearted sidekick who spouted catchphrases and said "Golly" a lot, he was an extremely serious and dedicated crime-fighter.
  • For Great Justice: This is the reason besides someone needing to act as Batman’s conscience he feels there needs to be a Robin:

    "Robin is a symbol just as much as Batman is. It isn’t just a symbol of the law, it’s a symbol of justice. And Batman needs a Robin."

  • Freudian Trio: In Young Justice Tim is the superego to Bart’s Id and Kon’s Ego.
  • Future Badass: His Titans Tomorrow counterpart spent nearly fifteen years training with programs recording the fighting style of every member of the Batfamily in their prime. As a result, he readily mops the floor with Nightwing, Red Hood, and Robin before sending them crashing into the Batcave.
  • Future Me Scares Me: Did not have a good experience with his possible future as a gun-toting Batman in Titans Tomorrow, or with this future self's reappearance in Detective Comics (Rebirth).
  • Gadgeteer Genius: This side of him has really been emphasized in his post-Flashpoint incarnation. Especially as of DC Rebirth, where he developed the Belfry as a cool high-tech secondary base more-or-less single-handedly. This is what got him kidnapped by Mr. Oz, who was afraid that Tim would uncover his plans and be a Spanner in the Works. Speaking of that, he even managed to hack Oz's prison, which is technology Tim isn't even familiar with!
  • Genius Bruiser: He's a great martial artists and stealth fighter who was able to figure out Batman and Robin's identities at age nine and has only had more training and experience since.
  • Genius Slob: His room is a constant mess to the point where at least once Batman ran out of patience waiting for him to track down all the bits of his costume and snuck in behind him to find his glove and hand it to him so they could get out on patrol already. Tim is also a very intellectual Kid Detective capable of pulling off impressive Batman Gambits and is considered the best hacker outside of Babs/Oracle in the Batfamily.
  • Giver of Lame Names: Tim is actually pretty good at naming his gear and such, but when it comes to coming up with alternate names for himself he has a really hard time, usually just using a name someone else came up with. This comes to a head when he ends up meeting an evil alternate going by Drake and decides that's such a good alternate to Robin he'll use it himself. A man in the most secretive family in superheroics is using his own last name as his hero name.
  • Giving Them the Strip: During the Joker: Last Laugh crossover event Robin left behind his cape and tunic in order to get away from a slew of Jokerized Arkham inmates. Detaching his cape is actually a normal tactic for Tim, he even modified it so he can send a current through it that will cause the detached cape to wrap itself around whomever is holding it.
  • Good Is Not Soft: He won't kill you but he may leave you to die after giving you a warning to get out of a collapsing lair on your own.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: He has the training to be quite capable of using this in a fight. He somehow overcomes Cass with this in a recent story.
    • It was a case of the writer not researching Cassandra's character. Another reason why the entire story has become Canon Discontinuity.
  • Go-to Alias: Since Batman didn't want Tim revealing his identity even to other heroes, he sometimes told them that his name was "Alvin Draper." Amusingly, his best friend in the superhero community Superboy immediately dismissed it, on the grounds that no one with that name would willingly go by it and would have introduced himself as "Al" or "Vinnie" instead.
  • Grade-School C.E.O.: For a time after Bruce's death, Tim Drake (as one of his legally adopted sons) had significant control over Wayne Enterprises as one of its owners. He is apparently still a co-owner along with his father and brothers, despite being a teen.
  • Grappling-Hook Pistol: Standard Bat-gear
  • Great Detective: Tim is recognized by even Batman himself as a prodigy of investigation. He did figure out Bats was Bruce Wayne on his own, after all. It is pretty much canon that Tim will eventually surpass Batman in terms of detective skills.
  • Groin Attack: Jason did it to him first, and he was asking for it:

    Red Hood: Hey, if you boys want to try to kick my ass, next time just come to me and try it... don't hide behind some useless "Investigation."
    Robin: Hold up a sec... *knee to Jason's groin*
    Robin: Consider that "Next Time" Todd.

  • Guile Hero: Seems to be the only son that has really inherited this part of Batman's repertoire. Specifically noted that his ease in taking the adopted Wayne name was for all the advantages it gives him.
  • Hallucinations: While laying dying from Clench he suffers vivid ones of his family.
  • Harmful to Minors: He arrives home just after his father’s murder and sees his father’s dead body before Batman enters the house and hugs Tim as he cries wide-eyed where he collapsed upon realizing he was too late to save him in a pool of his father’s blood.
  • Has a Type: He seems to have a thing for girls wearing the Batgirl costume. Arguably first hinted at when Cass wore Barbara's old costume and then very noticeable later when he sees his on-off girlfriend Steph in her new Batgirl costume. Being Robin himself this isn't a surprise, seeing that Robins are always attracted to Batgirls.
    • He may unconsciously have a thing for blonds, as evidenced with Steph, Wonder Girl, and Bernard. Ariana even once accused him of it, saying that she bleached her hair because she thought he liked blondes.
  • Hates Being Nicknamed: When using his first name he is Tim or Timothy, never “Timmy”. He will immediately correct anyone calling him Timmy.
  • The Heart: For the outlier members of the Batfamily like Helena and Jason (before he snapped) whose extreme methods make them outcasts and left out by the rest of the family. He's also the first person to give Stephanie any training or support in her efforts as a hero and encourages her to preserve life and never kill which she was not a firm believer in at first.
    • Post-Rebirth, he's outright said to be one of the most beloved members of the Batfamily, and Bruce was still reeling from the effects of his death throughout Detective Comics (Rebirth), with Stephanie being hit the hardest of all. Unbeknownst to them, Tim wasn't actually dead and was instead abducted by "Mr. Oz" along with numerous other superheroes and villains.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Near the beginning of his career as Robin a great deal of his inner monologue consists of his worry of disappointing Batman and him considering how much better suited for certain situations his predecessors would have been. He does grow more confident with more time in the role and the acknowledgment of Nightwing.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With both Kon-El/Conner Kent and Bart Allen. Although he was later revealed as not heterosexual.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight / For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: Robin and Spoiler go on a date in their costumes to a costumed Sci-fi movie viewing where they are complemented on their original designs (at this point Batman and the Batclan are widely considered to be urban legends).
  • Hollywood Atheist: His dad was Jewish or agnostic Depending on the Writer and his mom was Catholic, but after their deaths Tim became jaded with religion.
  • Hollywood Hacking: Treated as though it were a superpower during the New 52. He can seemingly hack through any machine as if it were magic.
  • Hood Hopping: He’s not terribly comfortable jumping across moving cars but he can and has such as the time he teamed up with Wildcat.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Enforced Trope. Tim Drake was deliberately portrayed as extremely competent (even moreso than Batman in some ways) in order to justify why Batman would allow another kid to become his sidekick.
  • Hypocrite: Against Damian, he never lets it go that Damian once killed someone. However, Tim is more forgiving of Jason's rather high kill count, as well as the times that Jason has attempted to murder members of the Batfamily. Arguably, he forgave Jason immediately when Jason approached him first trying to bury the hatchet, while Damian would rather eat broken glass than do so.
  • Iconic Item: His staff, especially in relation to his siblings who've each got their own iconic weapon note Dick: Escrima sticks, Jason: a Kris dagger, Cassandra: her fists and feet, Damian: a katana)
  • The Idealist: He starts out thinking he’ll be able to talk Dick Grayson into returning to the Robin role therefore restoring a healthy workplace for Batman and protecting Gotham. He quickly learns that there is no way that is going to happen but he doesn’t start to really slide towards cynicism until much later in his career after many devastating loses and betrayals.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Titans Tomorrow Tim Drake rationalizes his lethal methods as this. He even killed Damian, his adoptive brother, after Damian's destructive methodology left much of Gotham in ruins. Rebirth Tim Drake is horrified at the revelation.
  • I Have Many Names: Timothy "Tim" Jackson Drake-Wayne, Robin III, Red Robin III, Boy Wonder, Redbird, Detective, Alvin Draper, Tom Harper, Mr. Sar castic, Gary Glanz / Spectacular Sunbird, CarolineHill, CalCorcoran, Batman of Batman Beyond.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Tim never wanted to be a crime-fighter permanently. He just wanted to be Robin for a while until he could retire and go on with his life.
    • Although in Young Justice, he says he'd love to give up crimefighting, because that would mean crime had been eradicated.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By the Widower, it cost Tim his spleen.
  • Informed Ability: His supposed leadership skills with the Teen Titans.
    • Better portrayed when he was with Young Justice. That team was like herding superpowered cats. Impulse alone would try the patience of a saint.
    • Even when Wonder Girl took over leadership of Young Justice, everyone still treated Tim like he was the one in charge or at least co-leader.
    • Alfred tells Bruce that Tim is the most capable of Batman's protegees, which might have been more convincing if Dick hadn't led the Titans for years and served as Batman and Barbara hadn't become Oracle. This was before Tim joined Young Justice, mind you.
    • He believes he is better trained than Jason and Jason's only advantage is his size and strength. Jason in fact trained for as long as Tim (assuming his time dead or comatose balanced out his years as Robin) and is shown to be more capable than Tim, outside of Tim's book.
  • Informed Kindness: While Tim is frequently touted as a Nice Guy, his actions more often paint him as a Jerkass.
    • He is introduced in the aftermath of A Death in the Family when Bruce is reeling from the murder of his son. Does he express concern that Bruce's grief is overwhelming him? No, he cries because Batman isn't acting the way he wants and tries to convince Nightwing to regress back into Robin again, making himself look more like a fanboy overstepping himself than a human being. Later, when Bruce does finally decide to step back and focus on his mental health, Tim complains that he isn't going out as Robin as much. (And throws a sandwich on the floor, which presumably Alfred cleans up.)
    • During "Contagion," his first concern when he and Nightwing see a burning apartment building is that Bruce owns the "prime" property. Nightwing has to remind him that Bruce will be more concerned about the people who have died. Years later, during "City of Crime," another apartment building goes up in flames, and Tim again shows a complete lack of concern—He's too busy talking about what a "total knockout" one of the residents was. This time, Bruce calls him out on it.
    • He yells at his First Love, Ariana, for "cheating" on him because she went skating with another boy when he stood her up and immediately confessed. He, meanwhile, is cheating on her with Spoiler by refusing to tell her he has a girlfriend (a fact which in no way would compromise his identity) and allowing her to flirt with—and even kiss—him. Both become aware of his wandering eye. Ariana dyes her hair blond to keep his attention after Tim stares at Steph during a funeral, and later, after they've gotten together, Steph becomes paranoid that he is cheating on her with Star and starts following the other girl.
    • He constantly makes sleazy comments about Cassandra Cain and Selina Kyle. While Selina takes the comments in stride, even though he's a teenager and she's at least thirty, Cass is shown to be very uncomfortable. To the point when she is dosed with Soul and hallucinates the Batfamily demeaning her, her hallucination of Tim is fixated on her looks.
    • When Steph considers keeping her baby, Tim mocks her ("Am I talking to Stephanie Brown or Murphy Brown?") until she cries and browbeats her into going through with the adoption. He isn't even the father.
    • During "Search for a Hero," Tim helps Jason escape Blackgate because he thinks Bruce (believed to be dead) would want Jason to have another chance. If he thinks Jason is dangerous to everybody, then he just released an unrepentant murderer onto the streets out of Condescending Compassion; however, if he thinks Jason is a Knight Templar who is only dangerous to people who deserve it, then why does he believe the Red Robin suit is "tarnished" merely because Jason wore it (and didn't commit a single crime in the short time he did)?
    • While Damian does nearly kill Tim at their first meeting, he is a ten-year-old Child Soldier raised in a cult who is called out for his behavior and nearly sent back to his mother. Seventeen-year-old Tim has no excuse for punching Damian in the face in a fit of anger or putting him on a hit list. When Dick finds out about the hit list, the only consequence Tim faces is a warning to change his password.
  • Insistent Terminology: He prefers Tim though he’ll answer to Timothy, but not Timmy. He will immediately correct anyone calling him Timmy. While the Redbird is transformed he'll happily inform people of it's proper name as well, to Shotgun Smith's annoyance as he scarcely fits in the car.
  • Interspecies Friendship: Two of his best friends are half-human, one being a half-Kryptonian clone and the other a demigod daughter of Zeus. He is friends with Lagoon Boy as well even though they are not particularly close, Klarion also decided to call Tim a friend, but considering their history and Tim’s reaction that is probably a more one-sided friendship.
  • Irisless Eye Mask Of Mystery: As befitting a Robin. He continues this trend in his Red Robin persona as well.
  • Ironic Echo: In his first appearance, Damian tried to kill Tim in order to become Robin, which Tim naturally took offense to. In Detective Comics (Rebirth), Titans Tomorrow Tim successfully does it to Damian after disapproving of his methods.
  • It's All My Fault: A number of deaths but especially those of his classmates Philmont Denlinger and Karl Rank as well as Stephanie since he feels responsible seeing as he encouraged her and was the first person to give her any training as a hero.
  • It's Personal: Tries to avoid this though he’s not always successful:

    Red Robin: The Widower. He killed Z and Owens. Cut Pru’s throat. Put a sword through me. Doesn’t matter. This isn’t personal. Much.

  • I Work Alone: Averted Trope. For all the ways Tim has become more like his mentor insisting on this is not one of them, though he does realize some expect it of him and uses it to his advantage:

    Red Robin: I realized you were playing with me but this is me, refusing to play. Did you think I was going to run around the city desperatley trying to save everyone all by myself? I'm not Batman. I have friends.

  • Jack-of-All-Trades: To quote Fabian Nicieza:

    "What I love about Tim is that he shares some of the strongest traits of various Bat-family members. The intellect and detective skills of Bruce, the ability to lead others and be a friend to others like Dick has and even the ability to make cold, harsh decisions like Jason does."

  • Jade-Colored Glasses: Far from his start as and idealist who hopes to help Batman and improve Gotham by the time he is Red Robin he has become cynical, interestingly Stephanie had become more of an idealist by the time she became Batgirl switching their positions on the Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism.
  • Jumped at the Call: He became Robin because he figured out who Batman was and recognized Bruce's Sanity Slippage without a teen sidekick to keep him honest.
  • Keeping Secrets Sucks: Even after he and Stephanie become a couple Batman forbids him from revealing his secret identity to her. He has to use the alias of Alvin Draper to spend time with her outside of costume.

    I can’t lie to my father. Do you know how it feels? All of you can talk to your parents about who you really are, can’t you? None of you have to lie to your Dad. I can’t do it anymore. I hate it. Sometimes I hate…I hate Batman.

  • Kid Detective: He frequently demonstrated his amazing deductive and investigative skills, like when he deduced the identity of Batman to be Bruce Wayne
  • Kid Hero: Unlike his predecessors, Tim was the first Robin to operate solo in his own book and was considered more of a hero in his own right than just Batman's Kid Sidekick.
  • Kid Sidekick: To Batman. For a while had his own in the form of Spoiler while he was still a Kid Sidekick.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Tim Drake is a gigantic fanboy. While he was far too serious and earnest about trying to save Bats from himself when he first approached the Batclan to do much squeeing his later meetings with Black Canary, Wildcat and Blue Beetle provide him ample opportunity to gush about the older heroes. He even lines up to get Wildcat's signature.
  • Knockout Gas: A part of his arsenal, at one point he laments his Young Justice teammates attacking a villain when he could have just used some to knock him out and called it a day much quicker.
  • The Leader: Of Young Justice, his teammates still treat him like the leader voting him out of the position and replacing him with Wonder Girl when they lose their trust in him after Batman’s plans to be able to deal with the possibility of Justice League members going rouge becomes known to them.
    • Within Batman Inc. he is tasked with leading the Outsiders.
  • Legacy Character: The third Robin, obviously. Following Battle for the Cowl, Tim took up the role of Red Robin, which was previously held by Jason during Countdown to Final Crisis. Tim's history as Robin was then retconned out of continuity with the New 52 reboot, then retconned back in as of DC Rebirth.
  • Likes Older Women: In Red Robin Tim, who if he hadn't dropped out would be still be in High School, starts dating college girl Tam Fox.
  • Like Brother and Sister: His relationship with Cassandra Cain and Oracle. Eventually Cass was adopted, and they became actual siblings.
    • Tim with the female members of Young Justice, though Secret desperately wants him to date her.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: In stark contrast to the DCAU version, which was more based on Jason Todd.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Tim invented one in “Eddie Drake” to avoid becoming a ward of the state.
  • Love at First Punch: It was love at first 'brick' with Spoiler/Stephanie Brown. After their first encounter, Tim couldn't get her out of his head and proceeded to track down her civilian identity.
  • Loves My Alter Ego: Before Steph learned his secret identity she was dating him as Robin without ever having even heard of or met Tim Drake as Batman had forbidden him from telling her his name.
  • Loyal to the Position: When Bruce is accused of murder and decides the correct response is to declare that there is no such person as Bruce and abandon his allies Tim’s investigation of the murder keeps Bruce as a possible suspect to Dick’s horror. Dick can’t understand how Tim can even wear the uniform if he feels that he can’t always trust Bruce (and Dick) but Tim considers it to be part of being Robin to investigate the murder properly and considers what Dick is asking of him to sound like Blind Obedience:

    Nightwing: Three things I need you to know. I mean, really know, deep in your gut. Okay? One: As long as you’re with Batman–or me–you’re safe. Neither of us would ever let anything happen to you. Two: We don’t quit. Not once has anyone who knows Batman’s mission failed to get up again after being knocked down. And three: Batman doesn’t kill. Not ever.
    Robin: One: Jason Todd. Two: Jim Gordon. Three: So far. Sorry.
    Nightwing: I don’t–I don’t see how you could say that and still wear that uniform
    Robin: The guy who gave it to me–the guy who wore it firsthe taught me never to back away from any possibility that might lead to the truth. And he still believes that… right?
    Nightwing: I think it’s… admirable that you can continue serving a system in which you have so little faith… But I can’t. I can’t, Tim. I cannot believe that Batman is guilty of murder. I do not believe it, and I will not believe it. And I can’t standwith anyone whodoes.
    Robin: Yeah… I know…

  • Made of Iron: He doesn't let Jason stabbing him in the chest and leaving him for dead keep him down long, along with other examples, he's got a high risk high contact job after all.
  • Magnetic Hero: A downplayed example but Huntress views him as a little brother and Anarky aligns himself to Tim as mission control while recovering from being poisoned by the General and all of Young Justice is loyal to him and considers him a friend years after the team is disbanded.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Even after Damian learns that he does not need to kill his competition to become part of the family, he routinely sabotages Tim’s equipment in ways that could kill him including cutting the line in his Grappling-Hook Pistol and damaging his glider cape.
  • Milholland Relationship Moment: After Tim’s best friend Conner dies, Tim and Conner’s girlfriend Cassie exchanged a kiss that could be interpreted largely as Sex for Solace (except without the sex, because, you know, Tim Drake). They break up, but after Conner comes back to life both are worried what he'll think of them. He doesn't care; it's not like they knew he was coming back, after all.
  • Morality Pet: He becomes Robin specifically because he can see that Batman needs a Morality Pet.
  • My Greatest Failure: Just after the Black Glove fiasco, an old enemy, The General (who is an intelligent adolescent supervillain), returned to Gotham, terrorizing it under the Red Robin moniker. In an attempt to get him to surrender peacefully, Tim got the General's parents to come. While his parents were trying to calm him down, one of the bombs that the General had hidden detonated, killing both of his siblings whom Tim had not realized had been brought along. Tim blames himself as he brought the family into the situation in the first place.
  • Mysterious Watcher: Tim was first introduced as one with his face hidden and his name not yet selected.
  • Neutral Good: Tim Drake initially came off as this when he became the third Robin. Although he had lost his mother to a criminal (who also severely injured his father), revenge and punishment has never been his motivation. He became Robin because Batman needed a Robin to save him from his own darkness. Jason Todd had been dead for several years now, Dick Grayson was firmly established as Nightwing, and he was the only one with the skills and motivation to fill the void. Tim is one of the few people who Batman feels will eventually surpass his teachings and actually improve on his crimefighting methods. The other is Dick Grayson himself, who also falls into this alignment.
  • New Transfer Student: Tim is one in perpetuity, some of the high schools he attended include:
    • Gotham Heights High School: Tim’s first foray into public schools at Bruce’s suggestion after his parents had him attending fancy boarding schools where he quickly befriends Ives and starts dating Ariana. After the earthquakes cause an influx of students the school is not ready to handle it develops a serious bullying problem and two bullies end up murdering another student.
    • BrentwoodAcademy: The “prison like” high class boarding school where Tim’s father sent him after jumping to conclusions about Tim without really trying to talk to him as punishment for his “delinquent behavior” even though Tim was a straight A student who never really got in trouble for anything outside of absences.
    • J.J. Carmody Senior High School: His attending the placement test for the tenth grade held here had similar overtones to being the new kid alongside Ives who had to take the placement exam because he got lime disease and missed most of the rest of the year shortly after Tim was sent to Brentwood.
    • Louis E. Grieve Memorial High School: Where Bernard Dowd immediately spots him out as a new transfer.
    • Gotham High: Which he attended after his father’s death and his adoption by Bruce where he met Zoanne and which Ives transferred to so they ended up in classes together again.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: His attempts to prevent more deaths in the confrontation between the League of Assassins and the Council of Spiders leads to an immediate massacre when he forces the League’s ninjas to agree not to use deadly force and leaves the League’s base with weakened protection.
  • Non-Powered Costumed Hero: Like his mentor and predecessors.
  • No Social Skills: During the New 52, compared to his Pre-Flashpoint counterpart. Damian even calls him "The robot" in Batman and Robin Eternal.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: Tim was generically 14 years old or so for much of his ongoing series, which ran from 1993 to 2009. By the time he became Red Robin, he was 17. Then the New 52 de-aged him to 16 again, and he was kept there for a long time (despite Damian aging three years within the same period). From DC Infinite Frontier he might finally be a legal adult, but it hasn't been explicitly said.
  • Not as You Know Them: New 52 Tim Drake might not even have that as he may only have Tim Drake as an alias. With Rebirth, he eventually had his original origin reinstated.
  • Number Two: After Cassie became the leader of Young Justice former leader Tim became her number two. This is the position he's most comfortable with on teams since he doesn't mind coming up with plans, strategizing and working out tactics but he doesn't really like being the actual leader.
  • Obfuscating Disability: He has Tim Drake get shot in an assassination attempt when it looks like someone is about to put together his secret identity and uses crutches for quite some time following the shooting.
  • An Odd Place to Sleep: Tim seems to be able to fall asleep anywhere, and when he does have the time to sleep in his bed Alfred instead finds him sitting on the floor beside it. He once fell asleep on a roller coaster.
  • Off to Boarding School: One of the arcs in Chuck Dixon's run. Tim gets sent to Brentwood Academy by his dad who is worried about him being a rebellious and secretive teenager.
  • Omniglot: His first language is English, and by the time he picks up the Red Robin mantle he can communicate in Spanish, Cantonese, Russian, and German. He learned some French while studying in Paris too.
  • Only Known By His Nickname: He goes by Tim rather than Timothy.
  • Only Sane Man: In Young Justice. But sometimes Not So Above It All.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: When his final biological parent dies, Tim is too late, arriving to find his father’s corpse in a pool of blood. Then his stepmother has a breakdown in the wake of his father’s death and Tim is forced to make up a Long-Lost Relative to move in with to avoid becoming a ward of the state.
  • Outfit Decoy: In the Marvel vs. DC crossover event, Robin uses this method to defeat Jubilee (Marvel Comics) (specifically, he hangs his cape in a shadowed corner so she'll look the other way as he ties her up), showing his experience and skills over her raw mutant power.
  • Overworked Sleep: While he normally does not fall asleep while working in his masked persona Catwoman once caught him taking a “bat-nap” on a roof when he was recovering from the Clench. Sometimes his habit of falling asleep anywhere and everywhere in his civilian persona does not work out in his favor, like the time he fell asleep on a roller coaster during a date with Zoanne.
  • Panicky Expectant Father: Although Stephanie plans to give her child up for adoption and Tim is not her biological father, he is very dedicated to supporting Stephanie through the pregnancy and making sure they take no chances with the unborn child's safety. He also panics at the thought of not being by her side when she's giving birth.
  • Parental Abandonment: Often left alone at home with his housekeeper in his childhood, then his mother died, followed by his father and his stepmother disappeared soon after he took the job.
  • Le Parkour: How he gets around Gotham and Bludhaven while in costume.
  • Phrase Catcher: One of the catchphrases of Young Justice was "We can tell you were trained by the world's greatest detective" said by any character when Tim points out something obvious.
  • Pig Latin: Occasionally. To Dick Grayson out of costume:

    Shouldn’t you be, like, ix-nay on the crobatics-ay in here, though? They’re security cameras everywhere

  • Playful Hacker: He doesn’t always rely on Oracle and actually served as Bruce’s Voice with an Internet Connection for a time when he was in training.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: The things Batman needs to hear from Robin:

    Don’t worry–I learned this move from Tom Cruise!

  • Power of Friendship: Young Justice are all over this trope. They aren't the equals to the JLA or JSA in sheer power. It's their ability to work as a team and the fact that you mess with one, you can expect any and all past and present members to show up looking to kick your butt that makes them frightening.
  • Power Trio: Red Tornado convincing Tim that he makes a good team with Superboy and Impulse is what lead to the creation of the Young Justice team.
  • Precision-Guided Boomerang: Batarangs
  • Quest for Identity: During 52 shortly after Tim lost his girlfriend, his father, his best friend, and his step-mother Tim accompanied and assisted Bruce on Bruce's travels around the world to reinvent and find himself.
  • Rape by Proxy: In the post-reboot Teen Titans series, Trigon brings Tim under his control and then seduces both Wonder Girland Solstice into having sex with him. This shocked all three parties (especially Wonder Girl, who had been juggling her feelings for Tim and for Superboy for some time). The three later Hand Waved the incident since all parties involved enjoyed the incident, and Trigon insisted that Tim wasn't exactlyFighting from the Inside. Tim and Cassandra later became involved for real, spurred by their lingering passions for each other.
  • Red Baron: Shares "The Detective" with Batman.
  • Red Is Heroic: Tim, like all Robins, has been associated with the color red since his inception, though he was associated with green to Impulse's red in Young Justice and originally had green narration boxes as Robin.
  • Renamed the Same: Robin to Red Robin. He didn’t really give up the name by choice anyway so this let him hang on to it regardless of Dick’s decision.
  • Ret-Canon: His post-Infinite Crisis Robin costume (seen in his second Robin picture above) was the one his DCAU counterpart wore.
  • Revealing Injury: After he gets caught in the blast of Anarky II's explosion saving Officer Harper he keeps out of the public eye and starts wearing the Red Robin cowl when going out avoid an injury giving him away while he is recovering. The back half of his neck and head are very noticeably burned, Jason describes it as looking like cat vomit.
  • Roofhopping: How else does one traverse Gotham at night?
  • Rogues Gallery: First Robin to pick one of his own up while he was still the Kid Sidekick.
  • Sanity Slippage: After his father, girlfriend and best friend die, and his stepmother is missing and presumed dead, in quick succession his decision to attempt to clone them, or at least enough of them to be brought back by a dip in a Lazarus Pit is treated this way, though Superboy is brought back by others and Stephanie wasn’t dead to begin with. His father only comes back briefly to try and kill him during Blackest Night and his stepmother is never seen again. Dick thinks he is suffering from this again in the wake of Bruce's death which is part of the reason he took Robin from him.
  • Sarcastic Devotee: When he returns to the role of Robin after Bruce took things one Secret Test of Character too far and attempted a failed Batman Gambit which led to his girlfriend’s death.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: His dynamic with Stephanie Brown/Spoiler.
  • Secret Public Identity: Drake is his last name. When he finally takes up a hero name that wasn't used by his older brother's first he goes with Drake despite still keeping his id a secret. At least this will give an excuse if anyone overhears Damian's frequent slip ups with real names in the field since he calls Tim using his biological surname.
  • Science Hero: Like his mentor it is not quite as emphasized as the other flavors of hero he fills, but he more than qualifies.
  • Second Love: Following his adopted father's footsteps, Tim's first love was Ariana Dzerchenko and his second love was Stephanie Brown. In fact, Tim is Stephanie's second love — her first boyfriend, Dean, got her pregnant and abandoned her after he found out.
  • Secret Chaser: He figured out Batman and Robin's civilian identity when he was nine, and finally sought them out when he noticed that Batman was getting more unstable after the death of Jason Todd.
  • Secret Identity: Robin III/Red Robin are both really Timothy "Tim" Jackson Drake-Wayne.
  • Secret Keeper: He had Oracle and his Young Justice teammates' identities figured out to his teammates annoyance since he wasn't sharing his. He also figured out the secret ids of some other heroes like Wildcat but didn't let them know he had them figured out.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: He didn't see any reason to do anything with the knowledge of Batman and Robin's secret identities until Batman's crusade started becoming more self destructive at which point he approached Dick to try and get him to step in and help.
  • Sibling Rivalry: A heavy one, with Damian. Despite Damian being a good 6-8 years younger than him.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Damian.
    • Possibly with Cassandra as well (as Tim is accepted to be the most brilliant detective, while Cass is the best martial artist).
  • Sidekick Graduations Stick: Dick Grayson is to Nightwing as Tim Drake is to Red Robin, except Tim never truly deviated from the Robin name.
    • Takes on a level of meta context in the New 52: it's no longer a promotion, but Tim is Red Robin still. He just never had an identity before hand.
    • After he "dies" in Rebirth, his backstory is reset back to the Pre-Flashpoint version meaning that he was the third Robin again and this trope is played straight. However, as of Young Justice (2019) he's Robin again, averting this trope.
  • Simple Staff: His Weapon of Choice is a Bo Staff given to him by Lady Shiva.
  • Single-Stroke Battle: Engages in one with Lady Shiva. The result would've made Batman proud.
  • Skate Heaven Is a Place on Earth: How he treats Gotham in his civilian guise back when he still skateboarded.
  • The Smart Guy: When he was part of Young Justice and the Teen Titans. Kid Flash even commented that being around Tim makes him feel stupid after he had memorized every book in a library. He can also be considered this among the Robins, as he earned his spot on the Bat-Family almost entirely through his excellent detective skills.

    Fabian Nicieza: He is 'the smart one' of the Bat-family, the thinker and planner. I mean, of course Bruce Wayne/Batman is what he is, and Tim isn’t quite there yet, but Tim at 17 has a more developed intellect than Bruce at 17 did. That’s not to say Dick Grayson or Barbara Gordon are dumb, of course they’re not, but Tim’s level of thinking is a bit... thicker... than theirs. For me, Dick is about superior reflexive thinking, Barbara about superior operational thinking and Tim is about superior comprehensive, or all-encompassing, thinking."

  • Smoke Out: He’s been trained to use this trick.
  • Sorry That I'm Dying: When he ends up in a delivery truck buried in concrete with no way to communicate to the outside world his reaction is to mentally apologize to Bruce, both for the fact that he is going to die and because while trying to think of what to do he figured that Lady Shiva would recommend killing his fellow captive to preserve oxygen. Spoiler manages to find and save him since she was expecting to meet up and have him train her some more.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: He is introduced following Batman and taking pictures of him and it is revealed he has done so before and has followed the careers of Batman and both his Robins. In and out of costume.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: In DC vs. Marvel, Robin and Jubilee were instantly smitten with each other when they met; angst ensued since they were supposed to fight. Knowing the stakes, they agreed to go with through with it and that there'd be no hard feelings, and Robin managed to defeat Jubilee without actually hitting her. From there, they enjoyed their remaining time together before being separated for good.
  • Stealth Expert: Even before receiving any training he is able to follow Batman and Robin without being noticed. His first introduction before DC had even decided on his name is as a faceless kid sneaking a photo of Batman and commenting on his uncharacteristic recklessness causing him to take more injuries than normal.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Learned from the master himself
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero: In Young Justice (2019), he changed his superhero name from Robin to Drake – as in a male duck – which is also his last name.
  • The Strategist: He took to this part of his training very well.
  • Strong Girl, Smart Guy: When Cass came to Bludhaven to help out Tim, Batgirl and Robin had this dynamic.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: As a result of the massive amounts of angst that comes with the job.
  • Superheroes Wear Capes: All of his costumes have had a cape.
    • Except for his latest costume as Drake.
  • Superheroes Wear Tights: His first Robin costume appears to have green tights or very tight green pants, while the later costumes seem to have form fitting pants.
  • Superhero Sobriquets: Robin the Boy Wonder, just as those who carried the title before him.
    • New 52not-Tim is called the “True Partner” in reference to never having really been a sidekick.
  • Superior Successor: It’s been noted that Tim is a superior Robin to his predecessor, Jason Todd. Not only is he more intelligent (Batman himself has said that Tim will overtake his detective skills one day), he also has better leadership abilities and fighting style due to more extensive training prior to taking up the Robin mantle.
  • Supporting Protagonist: Not normally very noticeable in his own book but it crops up during Bat Family Crossovers which naturally tend to be centered around Batman.
  • The Team Normal: In superhero ensembles outside of the Batfamily.
  • Tears of Blood: A symptom of the Clench.
  • Techno Wizard: Since the New 52 reboot he's become much more identified as the "tech guy" of all the Robins.
  • Teen Genius: Regarded as the smartest of Batman's proteges, and Batman had stated that Tim could potentially be smarter than himself.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Whenever he has to work alongside Damian.
  • Teens Are Short: To his eternal annoyance: “One of these days, I won’t look like I’m twelve anymore.” (said when hewas 15? 16?)
  • Terms of Endangerment: Lady Shiva, who seems to like Tim in her way and sees him as a student and therefore someone she intends to fight to the death, calls him "little bird".
  • The Bus Came Back: He returned a year after getting "killed off" in A Lonely Place of Living.
  • Their First Time: After years of dating on and off, Stephanie and Tim finally decide to have sex after defeating Flashpoint Gorilla Grodd in Convergence (It's Tim's first time with anyone, though not Steph's). Humorously subverted when they find they are both too bruised and sore from their injuries to go through with it, so they end up in a Sleep Cute instead.
  • There Are No Therapists: Like most members of the Batfamily he never goes to any therapy to deal with the horrors he witnesses in a mask or the losses Tim has suffered. Though Dick implies he should when he thinks Tim is suffering Sanity Slippage in the wake of Bruce’s supposed death.
  • These Hands Have Killed: After he beats Johnny Warlock to stop his magical attack and out of a desire for revenge and the man falls broken and apparently dead to the ground. The real cause of Johnny's appearance is him using up his power, he gets up and walks away after waking in the morgue.
  • Those Two Guys: During the New 52, he and Jason were usually paired up together in Batfamily stories. Both their main series were written by the same person, and it was also something of a case of Pair the Spares as Dick and Damian formed their own regular duo.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: A Batfamily rule during his time a Red Robin he starts creeping closer and closer to breaking it, eventually testing himself to see if he'd go through with it. It is hinted he was testing Dick and Bruce as well since he knew they were watching. He keeps to it.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Yes, he was always badass, but he still managed to take another level in it. According to Word of God, Tim's transition into Red Robin was done to (similar to Dick Grayson's own "graduation") symbolize that Tim was now considered one of the most formidable superheroes in the DC community by all of his peers. He was no longer a "sidekick" but someone who could stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the likes of veterans like Green Arrow, the Birds of Prey, and anyone else.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: He likes Zesti, a type of soda.
  • Tragic Bromance: While it was not only Conner who died during the events of Infinite Crisis the deaths of Tim’s best friend and his stepmother in quick succession (and shortly after the deaths of his girlfriend and father) served to radically alter Tim’s outlook on life.
  • Trauma Conga Line: He has had many of his closest friends and family killed over recent years (though most of them do get better). They include: His mother (Killed Off for Real), Stephanie Brown (Retconedto not really dead), his father (Killed Off for Real), a number of his classmates (Killed Off for Real), his stepmother (ambiguously dead), Conner Kent (gets better), Bart Allen (gets better), and finally Bruce himself (not really dead). He has started to slide toward the cynical end because of this massive series of deaths.
  • Trespassing to Talk: Often, though his much more amicable working relationship with the police and sheriffs than his mentor helps him get a warmer welcome when he does so to them.
  • Triple Shifter: Like his mentor before him. His sleeping habits manage worry his friends and Batman.:

    Batman: Robin…you look like hell… Go home. Rest. Spend some time with your family.

    Alfred: Master Tim? Have you been up all night?
    Tim: I guess I have.

    Superboy: You’re still awake?
    Robin: It’s only three.
    Superboy: The Batman teach you how not to sleep?

  • Troll: When he comes across Ives and Hudson looking into something he’s investigating as Robin he decides to play at being some kind of territorial monster, For the Lulz:

    Robin: *This istoogood.
    Robin:LEAvE tHiS PLAcE! tHis iS MY DOMAiN!
    Ives & Hudson:*running
    Robin:Be GoNE oR DIE!

  • True Companions: Tim, Kon-el, Bart and Cassie are each others closest and most trusted friends.
  • Tuckerization: Tim was named after Tim Burton.
  • The Unchosen One: He doesn't have any tragic backstory that eventually led him into the path of being a hero; he became a hero simply because he wanted to help and make a difference.
  • Understanding Boyfriend: He tries to be one for Steph but he'd really prefer that she stop crimefighting and be safe as a civilian, it causes a lot of friction in their relationship as she is very independent and has no desire to need someone to save her.
  • Underwear of Power: While Tim briefly wore the classic costume Dick and Jason wore, he was the first Robin to actually wear a decent pair of pants, though both of the costumes most associated with his time as Robin fell under this as they featured the classic staple of wearing trunks over leggings—the first one being red trunks over green leggings (though it's been Retconned that Dick wore the revised version of the costume or something very similar to it for winter missions) and the second featuring black trunks over red legging.
  • Undying Loyalty: Batman notes that loyalty is his prime motivation, and his loyalty to his father caused his 10MinuteRetirement. So when Batman apparently dies, he goes Darker and Edgier, and tries to prove he is alive.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: A rare heroic example. He was very much a sweet kid when he sought out Batman to try and save him from himself, what has followed has noticeably changed Tim and perhaps not for the better.
  • Useless Spleen: He looses his spleen after being attacked by an assassin with a sword. It does not seem to effect him beyond recovery time for the surgery.
  • Utility Belt: His first Robin costume had a streamlined one with canisters, his second costume a yellow one with noticeable pouches, his first Red Robin costume went back to the canisters and his second combined pouches on his belt with canisters on his bandoliers.
  • Vanity License Plate: Tim Drake is the first, if not the only Robin to be given a CoolCar, complete with a vanity license plate. He calls it the RED BIRD.
  • Video Wills: Bart left his to Tim to make sure it was played at his funeral and the video will Bruce left had a message for Tim on it. Bruce’s will also had a message for Jason which Tim helped him break out of Arkham to listen to. After Jason had a moment to process it, managed to break Jason and undo all of his character development that had occurred since he left Talia and his grudging respect and growing brotherly bond with Tim culminating in him trying to and very nearly succeeding in killing Tim shortly after shooting Damian.
  • Villain Takes an Interest: He's grabbed Lady Shiva, the Unknown and Ra's al Ghul's attention. Ra's al Ghul has expressed an interest in Tim being his heir.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Tim Drake and Conner Kent have a downplayed version of this. Tim's interactions with Ives on the other hand are always full of snark.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: He is much more calm and responsible than his easily excitable father, possibly because he was without any real adult supervision for most of his childhood and ends up taking care of his father after he wakes from his coma. At one point he watches his father fall for what he considers an obvious scam knowing that his dad won't appreciate or listen to him trying to point this out he then takes care of of the crooks as Robin and returns his father’s money with his father none the wiser to what he fell for.
  • Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: At first, his career as Robin was a part-time endeavor. Following the deaths of his parents at the hands of Flash rogue Captain Boomerang, he was adopted by Bruce and became Robin full time until Dick kicked him out of the position.
  • Walking the Earth: During 52 Tim accompanies and supports Bruce while he is walking the earth in an attempt to find himself.
  • Wealthy Philanthropist: Bruce Wayne's adoptive son Tim takes after him by spearheading a new program to help support community centers, gyms and provide better education in poor areas, starting in Gotham City and then spreading globally where he receives local permission.
  • Weapon of Choice: A Bo staff
  • Weak, but Skilled: He's a normal human in a universe full of Physical Gods, this does not stop him from having an impact, or being dangerous.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: In Batman #626, Tim, in order to get to a dead body held at Gotham General Hospital, briefly took up the identity of Caroline Hill. Despite his complaints, the disguise is prettyeffective, alright. Attractive Bent-Gender, indeed.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: As a result of living in and working as a hero in Gotham which has exposed him to some of the worst humaity has to offer.
  • Witty Banter: With Batman, Superboy and Nightwing as Tim/Robin/Red Robin and Ives as Tim. For instance in Young Justice #53 – Dead Man Sprinting he addresses his teammates methods:

    Robin: But hey, why use knockout gas and finish it fast when we can waste half an hour of quality loafing time whompin’ on Titano here.

  • Working Through the Cold: During Batman: No Man's Land Tim had a fight in the sewers with Ratcatcher that left him ill after ending up in the sewage with scratches and bites and had to deal with Mr.Freeze and Killer Croc while trying to get back on his feet.
  • Working with the Ex: His long-term relationship with Stephanie Brown ended pretty badly right before she took up the mantle of the fourth Batgirl and him becoming Red Robin. Now, whenever they run into each other (or sometimes, forced to work together), old feelings are surfaced.
    • Lampshaded when Tim acknowledges the Robin/Batgirl sexual tension when he sees Stephanie in her Batgirl costume. It doesn't help that the original Robin/Batgirl (Dick and Barbara) are also currently in the same situation as Tim/Stephanie.
  • Xanatos Gambit: His main hitlist is set up so that one capture or defeat will lead into the next and at first seems like a Batman Gambit, but he is able to free one of the criminals on his list after being able to confirm that her story of being undercover may be true without messing it up and is confident he could recapture her should the need arise and treats it as far more flexible than Damian considered it.
  • You Are Not Alone: In Robin Vol 2 #156, Tim manages to talk a man away from a ledge from which he is preparing to jump and commit suicide by convincing him that he is not alone and that others will miss him. It’s then heavily implied that Tim is experiencing suicidal thoughts, he has gone through quite a bit himself. Tim calls Dick, who is implied to have provided him with the support he needed and the issue ends with a set of numbers for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
  • You Fight Like a Cow: Pretty much a job requirement for Robin though he uses it less than his predecessors.

    Alvin Draper 

Alvin Draper

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My name's Alvin Draper from over Eastlyn.

The non-Robin alias (this version of) Tim's spent the most time in, especially after he starts using it to spend time with Stephanie outside of costume before she is allowed to know his Secret Identity. It ends up being the name he uses when out of costume around Young Justicetoo and Bart continued to use it as his name even after he manages to figure out Tim's real name since he decided that one was a fake.
  • Summercamp of Adventure: The disguise was invented to infiltrate a Ninja Camp.
  • Blatant Lies: He is not Alvin Draper, he invented Alvin Draper.
  • Brown Bag Mask: Not used but discussed when Steph asks if he thinks it's funny to wear a disguise to a lamaze class:

    "Alvin": What was I supposed to do? Wear a bag on my head?
    Steph: Hee!
    "Alvin": Now you're laughing at me.

  • Captured on Purpose / Get into Jail Free: Sets himself up to be captured by LockUp when the villain is rounding up criminals in Gotham to help Batman and Nightwing figure out where LockUp’s been taking them all.
  • Lamaze Class: Attended them with Stephanie in his Alvin Drapper persona since he was still forbidden from sharing his secret identity with anyone.
  • Malicious Misnaming: Crystal Brown calls Alvin "Albert".
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Though he does end up loosing his temper while at the Ninja Camp and using abilities he was trying to hide when one of the Camp "Counselors" was bullying a fellow camper he usually uses this while using this alias.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Different posture, different dialect, different hairstyle, a nosering, earrings, some stubble and sometimes sunglasses. This is DC though.
  • The Mole: This was the initial purpose of this alias and what Tim most commonly uses it for.
  • Secret Identity: Stephanie knows Alvin Draper is another disguise, some of his other friends he used it around were convinced it was his secret identity.
  • Street Smart: Part of this alias' persona.
  • Summer Campy: Draper's first outing was to the aforementioned Ninja Camp.
  • Sunglasses at Night: If he's around people who know Alvin Draper is Robin he's wearing sunglasses.
  • Tattooed Crook: Fake tattoos have been part of this disguise.
  • White-Collar Crime: Alvin Draper is a known art thief since Tim used the alias to get in and out of a country where he stole some art for a case he was working on as Robin.
  • Wig, Dress, Accent: Effectively what he uses to make this disguise.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Superboy realizes that Alvin Draper is an alias immediately when Tim doesn’t introduce himself as Al or Vinnie instead of “Alvin”.

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Tim Drake just can’t catch a break. Just last year, he went through a much-maligned arc in which he donned the moniker “Drake,” complete with a drab new costume, until fan disapproval forced him back into the role of Robin. His latest appearance, in which he agrees to go on a date with former classmate and friend Bernard Dowd, is only slightly more controversial.

The sixth issue of “Batman: Urban Legends” follows Tim as he continues to struggle to define himself in archetypal coming-of-age fashion. The character has been going through a bit of an identity crisis, but his story is one of “identity and self-discovery,” something that writer Meghan Fitzmartin was very deliberate about.

Although Tim Drake is far from the first queer or bisexual DC character, he is among the most visible simply due to his status as Robin. His coming out thus led to an uproar from fans and casual readers alike. Of course, the response has not been entirely positive, but there is one thing that people on both sides seem to understand: Comic books, like all forms of art, exist as reflections of the political and cultural climate they were created in. They are inherently political, and always have been.

DC has never shied away from politics, and indeed, their comics today continue to tackle politically charged themes and issues. Oftentimes, the political messages of DC comics aren’t relegated to subtext, but are directly relevant to the plot. The comparisons aren’t always subtle either, nor have they ever been.

Even as far back as the very first issue of Action Comics (the magazine that would eventually become DC Comics) in 1938, Superman beats up a domestic abuser, saves a falsely accused person from execution and forces a politician to admit to intentionally stirring up a war in a foreign region because he was tied with the weapons manufacturing industry.

Just as we cannot separate Superman from politics, neither can we remove the evolution of queer DC characters from the political and social climate during which they were written. The reveal of Tim Drake’s bisexuality isn’t an example of how DC is “too woke,” but another step in the company’s attempt to create art that ultimately reflects the reality of human existence.

Because — guess what! — queer people read comics too, and we deserve to be represented.

The (Largely Incomplete) Timeline of Queer Characters

Comics have evolved with changing notions of race, gender and, of course, sexuality. The first attempts at writing queer characters in comics, however, were pretty shoddy.

The first DC character who might be considered queer was an evil, HIV-positive vampire named Hemo-Goblin. I wish I was making this up. Of course, he wasn’t explicitly queer. Censorship made sure of that. But he was strongly queer-coded, and not with any grace. In the same series, we meet Extraño, who was the first openly gay superhero in DC comics. He embodied nearly every gay stereotype, from wearing flamboyant clothing to speaking with a lisp.

Needless to say, DC didn’t start on a great foot. The most obvious reason for this is the Comic Code Authority (CCA), which didn’t provide its seal of approval to any comic that included queer characters until 1989. It wasn’t until the CCA was revised in 1989 that we actually saw LGBTQ+ representation that could be considered less … well, whatever the Hemo-Goblin was.

Not every early instance of queer representation was negative, though many were a bit strange. For example, in 1990, the third issue of “Doom Patrol” introduces us to a “transvestite” street named Danny. Yes, a street. Grant Morrison, who is also nonbinary, designed Danny to be a haven of sorts for anything deemed abnormal, and three decades later, the character would also be confirmed as genderqueer.

In 1992, we also get one of the first bisexual superheroes in the form of snarky magic-user John Constantine, who mentions having both male and female exes. He’s been explicitly portrayed as bisexual in most iterations since. Though far from a paragon of virtue or heroism, Constantine is a fascinating character whose progressive politics are present in nearly all of his comic series — especially in DC Rebirth’s “Hellblazer.” We can’t forget this iconic scene, either.

Two years after his “coming out,” so to speak, DC comics finally gave us an actual same-gender relationship between Apollo (who got his superhero moniker from the not-so-straight Greek god) and Midnighter in the form of a kiss, though the pair had been given plenty of gay subtext beforehand. However, it’s also important to note that, as with Constantine, while Apollo and Midnighter are DC superheroes, the comics in which they appeared were not targeted toward mainstream audiences, but a more fringe and mature demographic.

While this is by no means a comprehensive list, by the turn of the millennium, the roster of LGBTQ+ characters nonetheless remained relatively short. That slowly started to change as the 2000s pressed on. Once public perception started warming up toward LGBTQ+ people, representation in comics certainly became both more common and better executed.

At this point, DC had its first same-gender marriage between Apollo and Midnighter in 2002. While groundbreaking for its time, the comic series itself was riddled with insensitive moments, such as how most of the wedding scene is devoted to other (heterosexual) couples. Additionally, this issue was the last to be published before the series’ inevitable cancellation.

And then, in 2006, Batwoman (who was first introduced to be Batman’s love interest in 1956) was revealed to be a lesbian. She went on to become the first lesbian character to star in her own mainstream comic series, and even got engaged to then-girlfriend Maggie Sawyer in the first lesbian engagement scene in mainstream comics. DC refused to let the pair get married, however, since “heroes shouldn’t have happy personal lives” — a sad and hypocritical excuse if I ever heard one.

Alysia Yeoh, Batgirl’s roommate, also came out as a trans woman in 2013. While this is sometimes erroneously referred to as DC’s first trans character (as if Masquerade or Marisa Rahm don’t exist), Alysia was deliberately written as a non-fantasy trans woman, who exists not as a shape-shifter or sentient road but a fully human woman. Two years after her coming out and DC’s “BatwomanGate,” Alysia also became the first trans bride in DC comics upon marrying her girlfriend, Jo.

Additionally, the first Green Lantern, Alan Scott, is also retroactively queer. The revamped version of the original Alan came out to his children in a comic that came out earlier this year, technically making him the first gay superhero within the DC Rebirth universe (sorry, Extraño).

Nowadays, while they’re not the norm, it is much easier to find queer characters in DC comics, like Jackson Hyde/Kaldur’ahm as Aqualad and even Wonder Woman. Spinoff series that use DC superheroes are also given plenty of freedom when it comes to queer representation.

D.C. Bombshells, for one, is an alternate universe series that follows a massive number of DC’s iconic women throughout the 1940s. It’s so unabashedly sapphic and queer that I can’t help but be impressed. The number of queer women who can find themselves represented on paper is, of course, due to the many queer women responsible for the comics’ production. For another, “Justice League Queer,” came out earlier this year, and features an all-star team of LGBTQ+ superheroes, lead by a modernized (and better) take on Extraño.

How Far We’ve Come and The Long Road Ahead

Although queer characters can be more easily found across all media (at least compared to a decade or two ago), that doesn’t mean we’ve achieved some golden standard of representation. Nor does it mean that audiences or content creators are all wonderfully accepting.

But throughout DC’s modern run, there have been people who championed for greater LGBTQ+ representation, despite consistently having to push against an unfriendly environment to do so. I’m still surprised that Tim Drake can go out on a date with a male love interest to generally positive reception (especially with DC’s history of going to any lengths possible to squash the queer associations people make with the Robin mantle).

We owe this representation not only to a changing social climate, but also to the LGBTQ+ writers and artists behind the scenes who fought for representation in the works that they created. It doesn’t come as a strong surprise that the most radically queer comics come from queer creators.

It’s frankly great to see audiences and creative teams alike push for greater representation, especially in a relatively short time frame, especially in an art form so indisputably American as comics. The way DC comics have changed over the years mirrors the way LGBTQ+ people have carved a place for themselves in an ultimately uplifting way.

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Red Robin

Red Robin
Tim Drake

Legal Name

Timothy Jackson Drake Wayne

Known Aliases

Red Robin (Ops Moniker)
Robin, Red X (Former Monikers)
Tim (Nickname)
Batman (On Occasion)
Jester (Network ID)
Jester719 (Online Username)
Tim Drake, Tim Wayne (Aliases)

Status

Secret / Identity Known to Few

Relatives

Jackson Drake (Father, Deceased)
Janet Drake (née Van Dorn) (Mother, Deceased)
Bruce Wayne (Adoptive Father)
Selina Wayne (Stepmother, through adoption)
Alfred Pennyworth (Surrogate Grandfather)
Bette Kane, Kate Kane, Grant Wilson, Joey Wilson (Cousins, once removed, through adoption)
Elizabeth Kane (Cousin, once removed, through adoption, Deceased)
Laurel Lance (Aunt)
Quentin Lance (Uncle)
Dinah Lance and Sara Lance (Cousins)
Lauren Drake (Cousin, sorta)
Dick Grayson, Jason Todd and Damian Wayne (Brothers, through adoption)
Cassandra Cain and Helena Wayne (Sisters, through adoption)
Mar'i Grayson (Niece, through adoption)

Date of Birth

July 19th, 1994

Education

Attending College

Biography

(Submitted by Oracle)

Early Years: 1994 - 1998

Timothy Drake was born the son of Jackson Drake, a successful accountant, and his wife Janet Van Dorn-Drake, a very successful prosecutor for the Gotham District Attorney's Office. Due to his mother's involvement in the DA office, four-year-old Tim was in attendance with his parents at the campaign event for Harvey Dent where the Flying Graysons were murdered. That night would be one of Tim’s earliest memories which he would never forget and in fact, he would remember it in excruciatingly vivid detail thanks to his eidetic memory. It was later learned that Timothy was far ahead of other children in terms of mental development. Tim’s parents made full use of their resources to find ways for Tim to expand his horizons and foster his remarkable intelligence.

Tim Drake: 1998 - 2003

When Tim was nine, he discovered that his father’s accounting firm had been working for the Bertinelli family- the most powerful crime family in Gotham at the time. Looking deeper, Tim discovered that his father had done business with Tony Zucco years before. Tim remembered vividly that Tony Zucco was responsible for the murders of the acrobats five years prior.

Tim Drake: 2003 - 2007

Distraught, Tim snuck out of his house and made his way to the Gotham City Police Department. He had intended to inform a detective of his father’s dealings, but after he was turned away by an overworked desk sergeant, Tim had a different idea. He made his way to the rooftop and activated the Bat-Signal. Before the cops noticed their signal was lit, Batman, Robin, and Batgirl arrived to answer the call, Tim told them about his father’s involvement with the mob. This information allowed the Bat-Fam to rescue the life of Helena Bertinelli that very night. Helena's survival proved crucial in bringing the False Face Society down a few pegs. Unfortunately, Helena was the only Bertinelli that survived that night's attack from Roman Sionis' crew.

After the loss of the Bertinelli family as clients, Jack Drake’s business crumbled. The bad publicity also made Janet Van Horn unlikely to win her election campaign as the District Attorney after being appointed to the position temporarily after Harvey Dent's scarring. The Drake family moved to more modest housing and Tim was put in public school. Tim didn't mind, though. In his heart, he knew he had done the right thing.

Tim Drake: 2007

When Black Mask had heard it was Jack Drake’s fault for the interruption in his operations, he sent a hitman named Digger Harkness to kill the Drake family. Tim’s quick wits allowed him to survive the hitman's first assault, but in order to survive the pursuit of hitman who had killed his parents, Tim played the last card in his hand and showed up at Wayne Manor, telling the butler he needed to speak with Batman.[1]

Orphaned by organized crime, Tim Drake was placed in the care of Bruce Wayne after certain arrangements were made. Tim urged his new caretaker to allow him to train as the third Robin, but Bruce refused due to his still grieving the loss of Jason Todd.

Upon discovering the range of Tim’s intellect and deductive genius, Alfred opposed his employer and began to train Tim in secret. In the midst of this training, Tim devised a plan with Sasha Bordeaux and Alfred to dress as paramedics and use a fake ambulance (from a previous undercover operation) in order to get through traffic to come to Batman's aid when he went to have his fateful encounter with Bane. Tim's plan was originally to show up as Robin and secretly get the hostages out while Bruce dealt with Bane, but when Bane threw the Batman off the roof just as Tim, Alfred, and Sasha arrived on the scene, their plans quickly changed. While Alfred and Sasha loaded Bruce's battered body into the ambulance, Tim donned a prototype Robin suit originally made for Jason and distracted Bane long enough for the support team to get Batman to safety.

With Bruce out of commission, Tim decided to continue on in his self-appointed role as as the new Robin and with Sasha and Alfred assisting him around the clock. Patrolling the ruins of a lawless Gotham became too much for even Tim. Realizing this, Tim had the idea of tracking down Dick and Barbara Gordon to assist.

Tim played a part in getting Babs and Dick out of Gotham and once they were safe at the Manor, Tim convinced Barbara to sweet-talk Dick into assuming the mantle of Batman, temporarily. Dick agreed to do so, but only if Tim was allowed to serve as his official Robin. Bruce begrudgingly accepted; Tim, of course, was much more ecstatic in his acceptance.

Robin: 2007 - 2008

As the third Robin, Tim was crucial in restoring order to Gotham during the Cataclysm and while present during the initial confrontation with Dumas, Tim broke away to assist new Batgirl (Cassandra Cain) in rescuing the Joker from a death trap and thus was not present for Dumas' unmasking as Jason.

Robin: 2008 - 2009

When Bruce returned to his cape and cowl, he found that this new dynamic duo was out of sync. Tim and Dick worked together marvelously, but Tim was too cerebral, like Bruce, causing Bruce and him to constantly bicker and quarrel over who had the better approach for any given situation. Feeling underappreciated, Tim began to refuse outings with Bruce, spending more and more time at Mount Justice with Cyborg's new team of Titans, along with Cassandra Cain. Before long, Tim grew very fond of the team dynamic he had with his teenaged comrades. I'm sure his relationship with Cassandra Sandsmark had a lot to do with it as well.

Robin: 2009 - 2012

During this period, whenever Tim was in Gotham, he was usually working alone as he and Bruce still butted heads over the most trivial of things. Eventually, Tim became fascinated by a new vigilante he discovered named Spoiler. In secret, Tim began teaming up with the new vigilante, even training her using the same techniques he had learned from the Batman. Tim is not pleased to admit it, but during this time he was more or less two-timing Cassie and Steph, though he stands by that his relationship with Stephanie was mainly flirtatious and had only gotten physical once and the two had yet to reveal their identities to one another.[2]

Robin: 2012 - 2013

In the summer before his senior year, Tim spent nearly the full three months with the Titans in a "crunch time" investigation of the Light's plans with the Reach. Tim didn't realize that Stephanie wasn't around for much of this until he returned to Gotham for a Wayne Foundation event and had a chance encounter with Stephanie on the street. He found out she wasn't even going on patrols as Spoiler and when Tim confronted her about it, she just got hostile and stormed off. A month later, Cass had to break it to Tim that he sucked at reading social cues and informed him Stephanie was pregnant from a fling with an old boyfriend.

Tim didn't handle that news well. He told Steph they were done as friends and he didn't see her again until the summer was nearly over. With the help of Cass and Alfred chastising him, Tim came round and apologized to Steph, but Steph made him earn forgiveness. She insisted he become her Lamaze coach. Not thrilled by it, Tim agreed and a few months later, Steph gave birth to a healthy girl and promptly gave her up for adoption.

During his senior year of high school, Tim Drake began conducting a secret investigation into the League of Assassins. Upon graduating, Tim decided he would leave Gotham to join the League as part of an undercover operation. In preparation for this, that summer Tim severed ties with nearly everyone and only let Bruce and Barbara Gordon in on his plan.

Red X: 2013

Using a staged falling out with Batman, a forced break up with Cassie, and standing Spoiler up for a night of patrols to instead feign a robbery at WayneTech, Tim had made it look as though he had switched sides. After spending two weeks in hiding as he modified the prototype suit he had stolen from Lucius Fox's workshop, Tim made his debut as the thief Red X. Tim then approached the League of Assassins for admittance, boldly confronting Ra's al Ghul himself as a demonstration of his ability.

Ra's required some added proof of Tim's turncoat nature and asked Red X to assault Titans Tower and bring him a data core. Tim managed to covertly alert Barbara to this and she arranged for Tim to get a dummy core with just enough correct intel to seem convincing, but the computer part was not what Ra's al Ghul really wanted. He wanted to see Tim hurt his friends and he saw plenty of that as Ra's had made sure the Titans were expecting an intruder that night and Ra's al Ghul had Eyes of the Demon watching the Tower.

Tim didn't hold back. He used his friends' weaknesses against them to make the fight look as brutal as possible while actually injuring his friends as little as he could. When it was over, Ra's was satisfied with Tim's test and told him they'd be in touch.

Tim spent a few weeks in Markovia, Kasnia, and Vlatava honing his skills as a thief and potential assassin further. He more or less worked as a vigilante, taking down real criminal enterprises that were the sort of criminal he knew Ra's detested. He also made some criminal associates who helped him imprison some of the crime bosses Tim took down, keeping them out of the public eye and allowing it to appear as though Red X had killed the criminals and hid the bodies. Within a month of Tim's first approach of Ra's, Cheshire tracked Red X down in Zandia with an offer to join the Safinat Dakhma.

For a few months, Tim worked within the League and even became a steward to the Demon’s Head himself, Ra’s al Ghul. Also during this time, Tim honed his skills with a bo staff through tutelage with Lady Shiva. According to Tim, the boy wonder had completely fooled the League into believing he had chosen to defect from Batman’s crusade and became privy to many of the League’s plans. Tim continued to fake the deaths of a number of targets he had been assigned to kill to prove his commitment to the Demon's Head.

When the time arrived, Tim forwarded crucial intel to Barbara Gordon on the whereabouts of the League’s operatives allowing us to apprehend nearly all of the League’s operational commanders. When Damian al Ghul uncovered this and informed his grandfather, he had no idea that he had played right into Tim's plan and when Ra's al Ghul confronted Tim about it, he walked right into a trap thus allowing Tim to do what Bruce had never managed to do: Tim had captured Ra’s al Ghul.

Red Robin: 2014

Returning to Gotham, Tim discovered that Batman and Batgirl had recruited Spoiler to wear the red, green, gold, and black of Robin. Though Stephanie offered the role back to him, Tim declined a return to that identity, saying he had grown fond of being ‘his own thing.' Bruce protested Tim using the Red X moniker as he had used it as an assassin. A compromise was reached with the moniker ‘Red Robin.' As Red Robin, Tim was given a much more high-tech armored outfit that incorporated some of the Red X features into the suit to make use of Tim's technical expertise.

As his way of apologizing to his friends who were hurt by his apparent betrayal, Tim founded 'The Team' and convinced many of his old Titans and Young Justice buddies to join up. Once he had the crew assembled, he successfully convinced Bruce to endorse them as an operational covert unit for the Justice League, operating out of the old Secret Sanctuary which they had previously used in their days as Young Justice: Mt. Justice.

Red Robin: 2014 - 2016

Tim learned that his best friend Conner and his ex-girlfriend Cassie had begun dating. Still feeling guilty over having left them in the dark about his undercover operations and his lack of honesty concerning his relationship with Spoiler, Tim forced himself to accept that things were better this way and wished them the best of luck in their relationship. In exchange for his honesty, Cassie only punched him once for having made out with another girl... of course, that one punch did dislocate Tim's shoulder.

Sometime during the Reach invasion, Tim and Stephanie elevated their relationship from casual friends with benefits to full-on boyfriend and girlfriend. [3]

Batman 3.0: 2016 - Present

Tim is Bruce’s third son. He is also the third Robin. The number three seems to be a recurring thing for Tim. Fitting, as he’s the third person to don the cowl of Batman (if you don’t include the likes of Clark Kent, Alfred Pennyworth, Barry Allen, J'onn J'onzz, or Oliver Queen; who all sported the bat-mask for very brief and specific purposes).

Though his version of the Batsuit was designed with Dick in mind, Tim was the one forced to put it on with Bruce Wayne’s shattered arm and Dick Grayson being unavailable on account of having gone undercover in ARGUS. Even though Tim is more than happy to profess his wish that Jason could take his place, Bruce was firm in his choice of Tim.

Tim underwent some growing pains as he adjusted to the required theatrics that goes with the persona of the Bat. As Batman, Tim is rather no-nonsense, favoring practicality over performance. Though he is much more stone-faced than Dick, Tim does still crack smiles on occasion; so he’s not the most taciturn Batman.[4]

Personality

Throughout his life, Tim Drake has gone through a number of events that have altered his personality. Though Tim has always been a serious child, a number of events he had experienced has only intensified his already serious nature. A once balanced child was turned into a dark young man. In a strange way, becoming Robin actually helped Tim lighten up, though I suspect that his more jovial personality is a kind of self-defense mechanism or a psychological mask he wears to prevent others from seeing his vulnerable side. Tim cracks jokes in an effort to seem light-hearted. Sometimes they work, but humor doesn't come as easily to him as Dick.

With his time spent in Young Justice, the Team, and the Titans, Tim has built up a good life for himself with good friends and people he trusts without question. Tim is now known as friendly and likable. With Stephanie at his side, he has been able to enjoy life. He cares about innocent people, and would never stand by and watch someone be hurt or killed. He has a strong moral compass.

Threat Assessment

Resources

  • Acrobatics: Tim is probably the least acrobatic of the Robins, but he is by no means clumsy.
  • Driving: Trained by Batman, Tim is skilled in driving and piloting a variety of vehicles.
  • Genius Intellect: Tim possesses a genius-level intellect. Tim is, without a doubt, the most gifted member of the Bat Family in terms of raw intellectual genius. Yes, I'm including myself and Bruce in there. Tim is smart... like Ted Kord level smart. While he is not as skilled with computers as I am, it's only a matter of time before he surpasses me. Even Bruce has remarked that Batman might not be the World's Greatest Detective anymore as he believes that Tim has surpassed him.
    • Investigation: Tim's true talent is his genius instinct for forensics. Tim an inspired detective, having been able to deduce the identities of both Bruce and Dick when he was just a young boy. As I mentioned earlier, Batman himself said that Tim may be a better detective than him. Tim is often cited as the most analytic of Batman's proteges, as his detective skills are, at the very least, on par with Batman himself.
    • Computers: Tim is well on his way to besting me as our go-to computer savant.
    • Multilingualism: Tim speaks over twenty languages as a natural polyglot with a talent for linguistics and encryption. Of the languages I can recall him knowing are English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Korean, Arabic, Kryptonian, Ancient Greek, Themysciran, Latin, Atlantean, Martian, and Thanagarian.
    • Photographic Memory: Tim possesses an eidetic memory. Combined with his high level of intelligence, this makes Tim a natural student and self-taught practitioner of many disciplines. He has an in-depth knowledge of the natural sciences, which he puts to use in the crime lab and proved himself to be an expert in the field of genetics when he helped his friend Conner discover his genetic relationship to Lex Luthor. Tim has also studied the behavioral sciences, specifically criminology, and is very well-read and literate.
  • Stealth: Next to Damian, Tim is probably the stealthiest of the Robins. For added effect to throw his targets off, Tim likes to taunt his targets by using his voice modulator to emit a echoing, taunting laughter as he ducks in and out of shadows.
  • Tactical Analysis: Even in stressful situations, Tim can analyze an issue and come up with an effective plan in a matter of seconds.
  • Throwing: Tim is an expert at throwing the modified batarang known as a wing-ding.
  • Strength: Tim is in prime physical condition for a young man his age and build. He trains constantly with Steph and continually seeks to hone his skills.
  • Red Robin Suit: A red and black Kevlar suit with black armored gloves and short boots. To conceal his identity, Tim wears a tech-heavy domino mask. For added utility, Tim wears an "X" style strap crossing over his chest, along with a black utility belt, where he stores extra gadgetry. Tim has a pack on his back that can extend or retract specialized red and black wings that can be held rigidly and used for flight or left loose to double as a cape. The material the wings are made of is light and flexible yet strong and sharp, making it able to slice through objects and provide protection from high caliber gunfire. The pack is also able to produce a short burst of propulsion to assist in long distance flight.
  • Tim's Batsuit: Improvements on the Batsuit include a lighter but stronger armor, leap-assist boot-thrusters, improved batarang compression to allow more room on the utility belt for a more robust forensic kit, holo-display gauntlets (much like the system in his Red Robin suit), and second shape gloves able to assume a clawed form to assist in combat or climbing. Many of these new systems were field-tested in the Batwing prototype suit, succeeding above and beyond our expectations. Tim, Luke, Harper, and myself (the resident tech-heads) couldn’t be happier to see this suit finally being used in the field. We are drooling with excitement imagining what kind of fun toys the suit will have ten years from now.[5]

Weaknesses

  • Analysis Paralysis: Tim's over-analytic nature can be used against him if an enemy keeps Tim moving and doesn't give him a chance to regain his composure and time to develop a strategy or plan of attack.

Analytics

Missing Data

Trivia and Notes

Trivia

  • Tim Drake is not religious, believing that if God existed he would not let so many bad things happen. He has mentioned that his mother was religious but his father was not at all. This makes Tim a confirmed atheist.
  • Tim's grandfather Charles Drake who was underage when he snuck off to join the military during World War II. He won the silver star for conspicuous valor at Iwo Jima. After that, Charles Drake married a girl named Linda and had a daughter named Laurel. Later in life, Charles Drake became a philanderer and left his family to marry another woman, this time having a son named Jackson. As a result of this, Tim's father, Jackson Drake was the younger half-brother of Laurel Drake, the mother of both Dinah and Sara Lance. Yes, that means Black Canary is Tim's cousin. That being said, the Drake family were not very close on account of all the drama and so Tim didn't even know he had a cousin until he did some research into his extended family.
  • When Tim was 16, Bruce had his IQ tested. Tim scored 142.
  • Tim and Cassie Sandsmark lost their virginity to one another.
  • He asked for Babs' help in picking out the ring in October of 2016 and proposed to Stephanie November 20th, 2016.[6]
  • Tim's online username is Jester719.
  • Tim's favorite food is sushi.
  • Tim's best friends are Wally West and Conner Kent. The three friends and their respective girlfriends often go out on triple dates (in costume and in civilian attire). Tim is also very close to his adoptive sister Cassandra Cain.
  • After Barbara Gordon was diagnosed with cancer he started helping her with Oracle work.

Notes

  • Tim is Roy's favorite Robin.
  • His mother shares the name with Janet van Dorn, an anti-Batman district attorney from Batman: The Animated Series.
  • Tim's paternal grandmother is Deborah Domaine, in comics she was the Silver Age Cheetah.
  • Tim's IQ is a reference to Batman & Robin Eternal #1.
  • His first Red Robin suit is inspired by his New 52 suit and the second one is inspired by the pre-New 52.

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Tim Drake

Legal Name

Timothy Jackson Drake Wayne

Known Aliases

Red Robin (Ops Moniker)
Robin, Red X (Former Monikers)
Tim (Nickname)
Batman (On Occasion)
Jester (Network ID)
Jester (Online Username)
Tim Drake, Tim Wayne (Aliases)

Status

Secret / Identity Known to Few

Relatives

Jackson Drake (Father, Deceased)
Janet Drake (née Van Dorn) (Mother, Deceased)
Bruce Wayne (Adoptive Father)
Selina Wayne (Stepmother, through adoption)
Alfred Pennyworth (Surrogate Grandfather)
Bette Kane, Kate Kane, Grant Wilson, Joey Wilson (Cousins, once removed, through adoption)
Elizabeth Kane (Cousin, once removed, through adoption, Deceased)
Laurel Lance (Aunt)
Quentin Lance (Uncle)
Dinah Lance and Sara Lance (Cousins)
Lauren Drake (Cousin, sorta)
Dick Grayson, Jason Todd and Damian Wayne (Brothers, through adoption)
Cassandra Cain and Helena Wayne (Sisters, through adoption)
Mar'i Grayson (Niece, through adoption)

Date of Birth

July 19th,

Education

Attending College

Biography

(Submitted by Oracle)

Early Years: -

Timothy Drake was born the son of Jackson Drake, a successful accountant, and his wife Janet Van Dorn-Drake, a very successful prosecutor for the Gotham District Attorney's Office. Due to his mother's involvement in the DA office, four-year-old Tim was in attendance with his parents at the campaign event for Harvey Dent where the Flying Graysons were murdered. That night would be one of Tim’s earliest memories which he would never forget and in fact, he would remember it in excruciatingly vivid detail thanks to his eidetic memory. It was later learned that Timothy was far ahead of other children in terms of mental development. Tim’s parents made full use of their resources to find ways for Tim to expand his horizons and foster his remarkable intelligence.

Tim Drake: -

When Tim was nine, he discovered that his father’s accounting firm had been working for the Bertinelli family- the most powerful crime family in Gotham at the time. Looking deeper, Tim discovered that his father had done business with Tony Zucco years before. Tim remembered vividly that Tony Zucco was responsible for the murders of the acrobats five years prior.

Tim Drake: -

Distraught, Tim snuck out of his house and made his way to the Gotham City Police Department. He had intended to inform a detective of his father’s dealings, but after he was turned away by an overworked desk sergeant, Tim had a different idea. He made his way to the rooftop and activated the Bat-Signal. Before the cops noticed their signal was lit, Batman, Robin, and Batgirl arrived to answer the call, Tim told them about his father’s involvement with the mob. This information allowed the Bat-Fam to rescue the life of Helena Bertinelli that very night. Helena's survival proved crucial in bringing the False Face Society down a few pegs. Unfortunately, Helena was the only Bertinelli that survived that night's attack from Roman Sionis' crew.

After the loss of the Bertinelli family as clients, Jack Drake’s business crumbled. The bad publicity also made Janet Van Horn unlikely to win her election campaign as the District Attorney after being appointed to the position temporarily after Harvey Dent's scarring. The Drake family moved to more modest housing and Tim was put in public school. Tim didn't mind, though. In his heart, he knew he had done the right thing.

Tim Drake:

When Black Mask had heard it was Jack Drake’s fault for the interruption in his operations, he sent a hitman named Digger Harkness to kill the Drake family. Tim’s quick wits allowed him to survive the hitman's first assault, but in order to survive the pursuit of hitman who had killed his parents, Tim played the last card in his hand and showed up at Wayne Manor, telling the butler he needed to speak with Batman.[1]

Orphaned by organized crime, Tim Drake was placed in the care of Bruce Wayne after certain arrangements were made. Tim urged his new caretaker to allow him to train as the third Robin, but Bruce refused due to his still grieving the loss of Jason Todd.

Upon discovering the range of Tim’s intellect and deductive genius, Alfred opposed his employer and began to train Tim in secret. In the midst of this training, Tim devised a plan with Sasha Bordeaux and Alfred to dress as paramedics and use a fake ambulance (from a previous undercover operation) in order to get through traffic to come to Batman's aid when he went to have his fateful encounter with Bane. Tim's plan was originally to show up as Robin and secretly get the hostages out while Bruce dealt with Bane, but when Bane threw the Batman off the roof just as Tim, Alfred, and Sasha arrived on the scene, their plans quickly changed. While Alfred and Sasha loaded Bruce's battered body into the ambulance, Tim donned a prototype Robin suit originally made for Jason and distracted Bane long enough for the support team to get Batman to safety.

With Bruce out of commission, Tim decided to continue on in his self-appointed role as as the new Robin and with Sasha and Alfred assisting him around the clock. Patrolling the ruins of a lawless Gotham became too much for even Tim. Realizing this, Tim had the idea of tracking down Dick and Barbara Gordon to assist.

Tim played a part in getting Babs and Dick out of Gotham and once they were safe at the Manor, Tim convinced Barbara to sweet-talk Dick into assuming the mantle of Batman, temporarily. Dick agreed to do so, but only if Tim was allowed to serve as his official Robin. Bruce begrudgingly accepted; Tim, of course, was much more ecstatic in his acceptance.

Robin: -

As the third Robin, Tim was crucial in restoring order to Gotham during the Cataclysm and while present during the initial confrontation with Dumas, Tim broke away to assist new Batgirl (Cassandra Cain) in rescuing the Joker from a death trap and thus was not present for Dumas' unmasking as Jason.

Robin: -

When Bruce returned to his cape and cowl, he found that this new dynamic duo was out of sync. Tim and Dick worked together marvelously, but Tim was too cerebral, like Bruce, causing Bruce and him to constantly bicker and quarrel over who had the better approach for any given situation. Feeling underappreciated, Tim began to refuse outings with Bruce, spending more and more time at Mount Justice with Cyborg's new team of Titans, along with Cassandra Cain. Before long, Tim grew very fond of the team dynamic he had with his teenaged comrades. I'm sure his relationship with Cassandra Sandsmark had a lot to do with it as well.

Robin: -

During this period, whenever Tim was in Gotham, he was usually working alone as he and Bruce still butted heads over the most trivial of things. Eventually, Tim became fascinated by a new vigilante he discovered named Spoiler. In secret, Tim began teaming up with the new vigilante, even training her using the same techniques he had learned from the Batman. Tim is not pleased to admit it, but during this time he was more or less two-timing Cassie and Steph, though he stands by that his relationship with Stephanie was mainly flirtatious and had only gotten physical once and the two had yet to reveal their identities to one another.[2]

Robin: -

In the summer before his senior year, Tim spent nearly the full three months with the Titans in a "crunch time" investigation of the Light's plans with the Reach. Tim didn't realize that Stephanie wasn't around for much of this until he returned to Gotham for a Wayne Foundation event and had a chance encounter with Stephanie on the street. He found out she wasn't even going on patrols as Spoiler and when Tim confronted her about it, she just got hostile and stormed off. A month later, Cass had to break it to Tim that he sucked at reading social cues and informed him Stephanie was pregnant from a fling with an old boyfriend.

Tim didn't handle that news well. He told Steph they were done as friends and he didn't see her again until the summer was nearly over. With the help of Cass and Alfred chastising him, Tim came round and apologized to Steph, but Steph made him earn forgiveness. She insisted he become her Lamaze coach. Not thrilled by it, Tim agreed and a few months later, Steph gave birth to a healthy girl and promptly gave her up for adoption.

During his senior year of high school, Tim Drake began conducting a secret investigation into the League of Assassins. Upon graduating, Tim decided he would leave Gotham to join the League as part of an undercover operation. In preparation for this, that summer Tim severed ties with nearly everyone and only let Bruce and Barbara Gordon in on his plan.

Red X:

Using a staged falling out with Batman, a forced break up with Cassie, and standing Spoiler up for a night of patrols to instead feign a robbery at WayneTech, Tim had made it look as though he had switched sides. After spending two weeks in hiding as he modified the prototype suit he had stolen from Lucius Fox's workshop, Tim made his debut as the thief Red X. Tim then approached the League of Assassins for admittance, boldly confronting Ra's al Ghul himself as a demonstration of his ability.

Ra's required some added proof of Tim's turncoat nature and asked Red X to assault Titans Tower and bring him a data core. Tim managed to covertly alert Barbara to this and she arranged for Tim to get a dummy core with just enough correct intel to seem convincing, but the computer part was not what Ra's al Ghul really wanted. He wanted to see Tim hurt his friends and he saw plenty of that as Ra's had made sure the Titans were expecting an intruder that night and Ra's al Ghul had Eyes of the Demon watching the Tower.

Tim didn't hold back. He used his friends' weaknesses against them to make the fight look as brutal as possible while actually injuring his friends as little as he could. When it was over, Ra's was satisfied with Tim's test and told him they'd be in touch.

Tim spent a few weeks in Markovia, Kasnia, and Vlatava honing his skills as a thief and potential assassin further. He more or less worked as a vigilante, taking down real criminal enterprises that were the sort of criminal he knew Ra's detested. He also made some criminal associates who helped him imprison some of the crime bosses Tim took down, keeping them out of the public eye and allowing it to appear as though Red X had killed the criminals and hid the bodies. Within a month of Tim's first approach of Ra's, Cheshire tracked Red X down in Zandia with an offer to join the Safinat Dakhma.

For a few months, Tim worked within the League and even became a steward to the Demon’s Head himself, Ra’s al Ghul. Also during this time, Tim honed his skills with a bo staff through tutelage with Lady Shiva. According to Tim, the boy wonder had completely fooled the League into believing he had chosen to defect from Batman’s crusade and became privy to many of the League’s plans. Tim continued to fake the deaths of a number of targets he had been assigned to kill to prove his commitment to the Demon's Head.

When the time arrived, Tim forwarded crucial intel to Barbara Gordon on the whereabouts of the League’s operatives allowing us to apprehend nearly all of the League’s operational commanders. When Damian al Ghul uncovered this and informed his grandfather, he had no idea that he had played right into Tim's plan and when Ra's al Ghul confronted Tim about it, he walked right into a trap thus allowing Tim to do what Bruce had never managed to do: Tim had captured Ra’s al Ghul.

Red Robin:

Returning to Gotham, Tim discovered that Batman and Batgirl had recruited Spoiler to wear the red, green, gold, and black of Robin. Though Stephanie offered the role back to him, Tim declined a return to that identity, saying he had grown fond of being ‘his own thing.' Bruce protested Tim using the Red X moniker as he had used it as an assassin. A compromise was reached with the moniker ‘Red Robin.' As Red Robin, Tim was given a much more high-tech armored outfit that incorporated some of the Red X features into the suit to make use of Tim's technical expertise.

As his way of apologizing to his friends who were hurt by his apparent betrayal, Tim founded 'The Team' and convinced many of his old Titans and Young Justice buddies to join up. Once he had the crew assembled, he successfully convinced Bruce to endorse them as an operational covert unit for the Justice League, operating out of the old Secret Sanctuary which they had previously used in their days as Young Justice: Mt. Justice.

Red Robin: -

Tim learned that his best friend Conner and his ex-girlfriend Cassie had begun dating. Still feeling guilty over having left them in the dark about his undercover operations and his lack of honesty concerning his relationship with Spoiler, Tim forced himself to accept that things were better this way and wished them the best of luck in their relationship. In exchange for his honesty, Cassie only punched him once for having made out with another girl of course, that one punch did dislocate Tim's shoulder.

Sometime during the Reach invasion, Tim and Stephanie elevated their relationship from casual friends with benefits to full-on boyfriend and girlfriend. [3]

Batman - Present

Tim is Bruce’s third son. He is also the third Robin. The number three seems to be a recurring thing for Tim. Fitting, as he’s the third person to don the cowl of Batman (if you don’t include the likes of Clark Kent, Alfred Pennyworth, Barry Allen, J'onn J'onzz, or Oliver Queen; who all sported the bat-mask for very brief and specific purposes).

Though his version of the Batsuit was designed with Dick in mind, Tim was the one forced to put it on with Bruce Wayne’s shattered arm and Dick Grayson being unavailable on account of having gone undercover in ARGUS. Even though Tim is more than happy to profess his wish that Jason could take his place, Bruce was firm in his choice of Tim.

Tim underwent some growing pains as he adjusted to the required theatrics that goes with the persona of the Bat. As Batman, Tim is rather no-nonsense, favoring practicality over performance. Though he is much more stone-faced than Dick, Tim does still crack smiles on occasion; so he’s not the most taciturn Batman.[4]

Personality

Throughout his life, Tim Drake has gone through a number of events that have altered his personality. Though Tim has always been a serious child, a number of events he had experienced has only intensified his already serious nature. A once balanced child was turned into a dark young man. In a strange way, becoming Robin actually helped Tim lighten up, though I suspect that his more jovial personality is a kind of self-defense mechanism or a psychological mask he wears to prevent others from seeing his vulnerable side. Tim cracks jokes in an effort to seem light-hearted. Sometimes they work, but humor doesn't come as easily to him as Dick.

With his time spent in Young Justice, the Team, and the Titans, Tim has built up a good life for himself with good friends and people he trusts without question. Tim is now known as friendly and likable. With Stephanie at his side, he has been able to enjoy life. He cares about innocent people, and would never stand by and watch someone be hurt or killed. He has a strong moral compass.

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  • Acrobatics: Tim is probably the least acrobatic of the Robins, but he is by no means clumsy.
  • Driving: Trained by Batman, Tim is skilled in driving and piloting a variety of vehicles.
  • Genius Intellect: Tim possesses a genius-level intellect. Tim is, without a doubt, the most gifted member of the Bat Family in terms of raw intellectual genius. Yes, I'm including myself and Bruce in there. Tim is smart like Ted Kord level smart. While he is not as skilled with computers as I am, it's only a matter of time before he surpasses me. Even Bruce has remarked that Batman might not be the World's Greatest Detective anymore as he believes that Tim has surpassed him.
    • Investigation: Tim's true talent is his genius instinct for forensics. Tim an inspired detective, having been able to deduce the identities of both Bruce and Dick when he was just a young boy. As I mentioned earlier, Batman himself said that Tim may be a better detective than him. Tim is often cited as the most analytic of Batman's proteges, as his detective skills are, at the very least, on par with Batman himself.
    • Computers: Tim is well on his way to besting me as our go-to computer savant.
    • Multilingualism: Tim speaks over twenty languages as a natural polyglot with a talent for linguistics and encryption. Of the languages I can recall him knowing are English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Korean, Arabic, Kryptonian, Ancient Greek, Themysciran, Latin, Atlantean, Martian, and Thanagarian.
    • Photographic Memory: Tim possesses an eidetic memory. Combined with his high level of intelligence, this makes Tim a natural student and self-taught practitioner of many disciplines. He has an in-depth knowledge of the natural sciences, which he puts to use in the crime lab and proved himself to be an expert in the field of genetics when he helped his friend Conner discover his genetic relationship to Lex Luthor. Tim has also studied the behavioral sciences, specifically criminology, and is very well-read and literate.
  • Stealth: Next to Damian, Tim is probably the stealthiest of the Robins. For added effect to throw his targets off, Tim likes to taunt his targets by using his voice modulator to emit a echoing, taunting laughter as he ducks in and out of shadows.
  • Tactical Analysis: Even in stressful situations, Tim can analyze an issue and come up with an effective plan in a matter of seconds.
  • Throwing: Tim is an expert at throwing the modified batarang known as a wing-ding.
  • Strength: Tim is in prime physical condition for a young man his age and build. He trains constantly with Steph and continually seeks to hone his skills.
  • Red Robin Suit: A red and black Kevlar suit with black armored gloves and short boots. To conceal his identity, Tim wears a tech-heavy domino mask. For added utility, Tim wears an "X" style strap crossing over his chest, along with a black utility belt, where he stores extra gadgetry. Tim has a pack on his back that can extend or retract specialized red and black wings that can be held rigidly and used for flight or left loose to double as a cape. The material the wings are made of is light and flexible yet strong and sharp, making it able to slice through objects and provide protection from high caliber gunfire. The pack is also able to produce a short burst of propulsion to assist in long distance flight.
  • Tim's Batsuit: Improvements on the Batsuit include a lighter but stronger armor, leap-assist boot-thrusters, improved batarang compression to allow more room on the utility belt for a more robust forensic kit, holo-display gauntlets (much like the system in his Red Robin suit), and second shape gloves able to assume a clawed form to assist in combat or climbing. Many of these new systems were field-tested in the Batwing prototype suit, succeeding above and beyond our expectations. Tim, Luke, Harper, and myself (the resident tech-heads) couldn’t be happier to see this suit finally being used in the field. We are drooling with excitement imagining what kind of fun toys the suit will have ten years from now.[5]

Weaknesses

  • Analysis Paralysis: Tim's over-analytic nature can be used against him if an enemy keeps Tim moving and doesn't give him a chance to regain his composure and time to develop a strategy or plan of attack.

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Trivia and Notes

Trivia

  • Tim Drake is not religious, believing that if God existed he would not let so many bad things happen. He has mentioned that his mother was religious but his father was not at all. This makes Tim a confirmed atheist.
  • Tim's grandfather Charles Drake who was underage when he snuck off to join the military during World War II. He won the silver star for conspicuous valor at Iwo Jima. After that, Charles Drake married a girl named Linda and had a daughter named Laurel. Later in life, Charles Drake became a philanderer and left his family to marry another woman, this time having a son named Jackson. As a result of this, Tim's father, Jackson Drake was the younger half-brother of Laurel Drake, the mother of both Dinah and Sara Lance. Yes, that means Black Canary is Tim's cousin. That being said, the Drake family were not very close on account of all the drama and so Tim didn't even know he had a cousin until he did some research into his extended family.
  • When Tim was 16, Bruce had his IQ tested. Tim scored
  • Tim and Cassie Sandsmark lost their virginity to one another.
  • He asked for Babs' help in picking out the ring in October of and proposed to Stephanie November 20th, [6]
  • Tim's online username is Jester
  • Tim's favorite food is sushi.
  • Tim's best friends are Wally West and Conner Kent. The three friends and their respective girlfriends often go out on triple dates (in costume and in civilian attire). Tim is also very close to his adoptive sister Cassandra Cain.
  • After Barbara Gordon was diagnosed with cancer he started helping her with Oracle work.

Notes

  • Tim is Roy's favorite Robin.
  • His mother shares the name with Janet van Dorn, an anti-Batman district attorney from Batman: The Animated Series.
  • Tim's paternal grandmother is Deborah Domaine, in comics she was the Silver Age Cheetah.
  • Tim's IQ is a reference to Batman & Robin Eternal #1.
  • His first Red Robin suit is inspired by his New 52 suit and the second one is inspired by the pre-New 52.

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Links and References

Sours: https://earthfandom.com/wiki/Tim_Drake


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