Richard John "Dick" Grayson (リチャード・ジョン・“ディック”・グレイソン, Richādo Jon "Dikku" Gureison), also known as Nightwing (ナイトウィング, Naitowingu), is both a fictional character and protagonist of the MDC series created by Cebulski and Jim Lee.
He was the first Robin (ロビン, Robin), Batman's first sidekick, protège, partner in crime-fighting and his first known apprentice. Throughout Dick's adolescence and Bruce's training, Batman and Robin were inseparable for years.
He trained with Batman for years before donning his own new identity. He is a natural leader and has headed up many teams of other heroes. Nightwing almost matches Batman physically, can outclass him acrobatically and has a very astute mental prowess.
However, as Dick grew older and eventually decided to assert his independence and then became the leader and one of the five founding members of the Teen Titans. His personal life is marked by a series of complications, most notably with Oracle and Starfire.
"Huh, I'm just too damn good at this."
- —Nightwing to Batman while tracking Penguin's cache.
Appearance & BiographyEdit
- Voice Actor: Loren Lester (English), Not Known (Japanese), Not Known (Arabic), Not Known (Basque), Not Known (Brazilian), Not Known (Cantonese), Not Known (Catalan), Not Known (Chinese), Not Known (Croatian), Not Known (Danish), Not Known (Dutch), Not Known (Finnish), Not Known (Filipino), Not Known (French), Not Known (Galician), Not Known (German), Not Known (Greek), Not Known (Hebrew), Not Known (Hong Kong), Not Known (Hungarian), Not Known (Indonesian), Not Known (Italian), Not Known (Korean), Not Known (Mandarin), Not Known (Norwegian), Not Known (Polish), Not Known (Portuguese), Not Known (Romanian), Not Known (Russian), Not Known (Serbian), Not Known (Spanish), Not Known (Swedish), Not Known (Tagalog), Not Known (Thai), Not Known (Valencian), Not Known (Ukrainian), Not Known (Brazilian Portuguese), Not Known (Canadian French), Not Known (European Spanish), Not Known (European Portuguese), Not Known (Latin American Spanish), Not Known (Latin Spanish), Not Known (Spain-Spanish)
- Voice actor (Younger): Scott Menville (English), Takashi Onozuka (Japanese), Not Known (Albanian), Dani Bustani (Arabic), Not Known (Basque), Manolo Rey (Brazilian), Not Known (Cantonese), Not Known (Catalan), Not Known (Chinese), Not Known (Dutch), Not Known (Finnish), Mathias Kozlowski (French), Not Known (Galician), Julien Haggége (German), Not Known (Greek), Not Known (Hebrew), Not Known (Hong Kong), Botond Előd (Hungarian), Not Known (Indonesian), Not Known (Isralian), Alessio De Filippis (Italian), Gang Su-Jin (Korean), Not Known (Mandarin), Not Known (Norwegian), Not Known (Polish), Not Known (Portuguese), Not Known (Romanian), Not Known (Russian), Not Known (Serbian), Not Known (Spanish), Not Known (Swedish), Not Known (Tagalog), Not Known (Thai), Onur Kırış (Turkish), Not Known (Valencian), Not Known (Brazilian Portuguese), Not Known (European Spanish), Not Known (European Portuguese), Not Known (Latin American Spanish), Not Known (Latin Spanish)
Dick Grayson was part of a circus family, dubbed the "Flying Graysons" for their death-defying stunts and acrobatics. After a performance that Bruce Wayne was in attendance to, as was Tim Drake, Dick was left as an orphan by the hands of the mob. Feeling sympathy for the child, Bruce decided to take the boy in as his own and treat him as family.
Eventually, Batman gained enough respect and trust for Dick that he bestowed upon him the great secret, even going as far as to train the acrobat and develop a new sidekick, Robin. Through hard work of training and exercising, the duet was almost unstoppable. Tim Drake watched them, and put together the facts that Batman and Robin were very close, and Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson were very close. He put together the conclusion of Dick being the same person as Robin. After years of partnership, Dick grew tired of Bruce's power over him and his strict personality.
Once Grayson was through with putting up with it, he left the Bat to fight crime on his own, and developed a new alias, Nightwing, a Kryptonian god (being that Dick always looked up to Superman). Though being his own superhero, he continued to occasionally fight crime with the Dark Knight . His successor as Robin was Jason Todd, also an orphan. Years went by, and Jason grew older, as did Dick. Unfortunately, Jason Todd was killed by Joker, and Batman was left alone.
Tim Drake convinced Dick that Batman needed a sidekick to keep his sanity, and Dick went to assist Batman, despite Tim knowing Bruce needed a Robin. Eventually, Bruce and Dick were captured by Two-Face, and Tim came to their rescue. Batman decided to train him, and had Alfred train him, along with Nightwing and himself.
As Dick GraysonEdit
Dick was fairly short for his age when he was 13-years-old, and had a slight, lean, well-toned build, since he was an acrobat and skilled at martial arts and gymnastics. A caucasian male, he had short black hair and dark blue eyes. He typically wore either a mask or sunglasses to cover his eyes, depending on his current attire. At 19-years-old, Dick has grown considerably taller, roughly the same height as Batman and as well-muscled. His hair has grown considerably longer past his ears.
His original Robin uniform was comprised of a red vest, black leggings, boots, T-shirt and gloves, all of which seemed to be made of a sort of protective body armor, that still allowed him great mobility. On his chest, a yellow stylized "R" symbol in a black circle was visible, and around his waist he wore a gold colored utility belt with various pouches for his equipment. He also had three yellow rectangular fasteners on the front. He donned a cape that was black on the outer lining but pale yellow on the inside. To protect his identity, Robin wore either a black stylized domino mask or sunglasses at all times. While sporting the mask, his eyes appeared completely white. His short black hair was either spiked backwards or left unkempt, hanging over his forehead.
As Nightwing, his uniform now comprises a black unitard, black shoulder pads, boots and gloves. The chest area of his uniform is emblazoned with a blue bird with its wings expanded and his abdomen area is colored in a lighter grey. He wears a black utility belt and carries his escrima sticks in a holster on the side of his right leg.
- Hair Color: Black
- Skin Color: Not Known
- Eye Color: Blue
- Age: Not Known
- Birthday: Not Known
- Height: 6 ft. 0 in.
- Weight: 175 lb.
- Like Batman, Nightwing has black hair and blue eyes.
- Due to the weapon attacks he has suffered in the past, his torso, legs and arms are covered with gunshot wounds, knife cuts and overall bruising.
- Nightwing relies in his agility (more than Batman or Robin) and his fast reflexes when it comes down to facing enemies.
Dick Grayson was formerly part of a family circus act called the flying Grayson's. After his parents were killed when there act was sabotaged, Bruce Wayne AKA Batman took Dick under his wing as the first Robin. Dick went on to create his own team of superheroes called the Teen Titans, and even later adopted his own superhero identity as Nightwing. He's even filled in as Batman when Bruce was unavailable.
Dick is a natural-born leader. He is heroic, noble, kind, selfless, stoic, stubborn, brooding and usually serious in tone, but has had a fair number of funny moments. Unlike his mentor, Dick is shown to be more easy-going and approachable, even in his Nightwing identity. He is also rather talkative, taunting Damian during their sparring session and conversing with Kori as they were infiltrating a H.I.V.E. base. Despite his demeanor, he does take matters seriously if the situation presents itself. Dick also holds a high regard for Bruce as he was his mentor and surrogate father, though he has stated that it was not easy growing up under his tutelage. In addition, he has no desire to inherit the mantle of Batman, wanting to be his own man rather than live in Bruce's shadow, displaying great disdain for filling in for Bruce when he disappeared.
- Bat Family
- Wayne Enterprises
- Aaron Cash
- Justice Avengers
- Teen Titans
- Wonder Girl
- Kid Flash
- Titans East
- Young Justice
- John Grayson (father, deceased)
- Mary Grayson (mother, deceased)
- Richard "Rick" Grayson (uncle)
- John Grayson (cousin, deceased)
- Karla Grayson (aunt, deceased)
- Batman (adoptive father)
- Red Hood (adoptive brother)
- Red Robin (adoptive brother)
- Black Bat (adoptive sister)
- Robin (adoptive brother)
- Tony Zucco
- Joker's Thugs
- Mr. Freeze
- Black Mask
- Killer Croc
- Killer Moth
- The Joining
- League of Assassins
- Deathstroke (Nemesis)
- Mother Mayhem
- Brotherhood of Evil
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
Nightwing was taken under the wing of Bruce Wayne, and was given the mantle of Robin the Boy Wonder. To do so, he had to be trained by the Dark Knight himself. He was trained to physical and mental peak, being almost as trained as Batman. His strength is beyond most humans, barely falling under uncanny.
He lacks a cape and any other gliding mechanism built into his suit. As such, unlike Batman and Robin, he cannot glide. Instead, replacing their "Glide Kick" manouvers, he uses a "Pounce Attack," similar to Catwoman's. If the enemy is a rough distance away, instead of gliding, Nightwing will jump off the Vantage Point and pounce onto the enemy, leaving them groggy and ready for a Ground Takedown on the floor.
- Master Acrobatics: Since he was a trained acrobat with Haly's Circus, even before he became Robin, Dick already has extensive knowledge of acrobatic tricks.
- Peak Human Condition:
- Criminology: Robin was trained by a master criminologist, he has studied many criminals over the years and even became one to get closer to one.
- Disguise: Robin disguised himself as the criminal Red X.
- Gadgetry: One of Robin's main traits is his aptitude with gadgets, he's created them all himself and practices every single day.
- Investigation: Robin was trained by a master detective and has a promising career as one himself as shown when he met his future self, Nightwing.
- Martial Arts: Trained by Batman, Nightwing is a master of multiple martial arts. Part of his martial arts training, Robin trains every single day to continue to hone his skill in unarmed combat. His fighting style is more acrobatic than his mentor's. Nowadays, he has his own style of martial arts which he has adapted from learning various styles of unarmed martial arts from around the world.
- Leadership: Robin was once a sidekick but has since become the leader of the Teen Titans as well as helping begin the Titan's East.
- Throwing: Robin has almost extreme pinpoint accuracy with his birdarangs from great distances without missing his target.
- Dancing: Robin has shown impressive moves on the "Boogie Revolution" game in the arcade.
- Stick Fighting:
- Tactical Analysis:
- Threw a 280 pound man across a room.
- Can throw a refrigerator.
- Can bench press 350 pounds.
- Broke Bane's back.
- Dodges bullets point blank.
- Is said to be faster than Batman.
- Once jumped off a skyscraper.
- Has been able to take bullet wounds and explosives and still continue fighting.
- Goes up against Deathstroke.
- Once lassoed the Flash.
- was trained by Batman, who is renowned as one of the best fighters on DC earth.
- Fought his mentor Batman to a stalemate.
- Formed, and led his own superhero team.
- Batman says Nightwing is the one person he trusts the most.
- Utility Belt:
- Smoke bombs
- Knock-out gas
- Grappling Hook/Birdrope:
- Brass Knuckles:
- Prescription Mask:
- Hand-Held Gas Mask: One piece of equipment in Robin's utility belt is the gas mask. It is a small filter that holds on to the user's mouth and purifies the air that goes through.
His gadgetry includes wrist darts, a stealthy way of taking down enemies. He only carries three darts at a time , and they do not appear to regenerate over time. This is used in a first-person view. He also uses advanced offensive weaponry; He uses two electric eskrima sticks, one for each hand. These are his trademark weapons. They can be thrown at opponents as a projectile weapon which ricochet up to hit the enemy, even around corners. He also has a Birdrope, the Line Launcher, the Disruptor, Wing-Dings (stylized shurikens, essentially personalized birdarangs), and Electric Blasts. These are similar to Explosive Gels, only quicker.
- Battle Staff:
- Eskrima Sticks:
- Nightcycle: A modified R-Cycle.
Born to a family of circus acrobats John and Mary Grayson known as the "Flying Graysons", Richard "Dick" Grayson was a natural gymnast. While he was preparing for a performance one day, he overheard two gangsters who worked for a crime boss named "Boss" Anthony "Tony" Zucco attempt to extort protection money from the circus owner. The owner refused, and the two gangsters sabotaged the trapeze wiring with acid. During their next performance on the trapeze, his parents were swinging from ropes when they suddenly broke, causing his parents to pay the price and fall to their deaths.
Before he could go to the police, Batman appeared, and warned him that the two gangsters worked for Tony Zucco, a very powerful crime boss, and that revealing his knowledge could lead to his death. Offered the chance of retribution by Batman, Richard was adopted by Bruce Wayne as his ward after his parents were killed by Zucco, and became Batman's teen sidekick "Robin"; one of the first sidekick heroes of his generation. Together, Batman (Bruce) and he disrupted Zucco’s extortion rackets and gambling rackets and then successfully baited the riled Zucco into visiting a construction sight, where they captured him.
Through the years of working with the Dark Knight, he was greatly trained mentally and physically in ways no other child was. While possessing a talent for the work of a hero, Richard regarded the job as a light hearted adventure until a confrontation with Two-Face, which not only resulted in the death of the city's then District Attorney but saw the villain capturing and severely beating the young teen before the Batman could save him, served as a scarring wake-up call to the risks inherent in superheroics.
Rather than see Richard further endangered, Batman sidelined the Boy Wonder for a time until he was convinced to reinstate their partnership. For reasons undisclosed, but the actual reason being that after being shot, Batman tried to take Robin out of the field, but Robin thought he was being treated like a kid and was about to give up being a hero with Batman (calling it “Kid Stuff”).
After several years of working under Batman, Richard began to feel overshadowed by his mentor's reputation and was beginning to chafe under the hero's strict expectations. Richard eventually left Batman, and moved to another city (though it is known to still be close to Gotham) to continue fighting crime, though this time he intended to go solo. He was 15 when he left Batman.
Joining the Teen TitansEdit
Robin met up with Beast Boy, Cyborg, and Raven when Starfire came to Earth and started destroying the city. After a brief yet fierce confrontation where even the Boy Wonder appeared to meet his match, Robin helped Starfire by freeing her from her chains. She then kissed him to learn English, and told him to leave her alone unless he wanted to be destroyed. Robin and the others teamed up to find her, and they later fought the aliens who came to find and imprison Starfire. Shortly after defeating them, Robin gave the others communicators, and later created the Teen Titans, of which he became the leader.
Plot in the SeriesEdit
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Notes & TriviaEdit
- Nightwing first appeared in Detective Comics #38 (April 1940).
- Nightwing visits the grave of his parents every year on their wedding anniversary.
- The blue of Nightwing's uniform is known as "Robin Egg Blue".
- While Richard considers Bruce Wayne as a father, he also looks up to and has been greatly influenced by Superman as a pseudo "uncle" of sorts and his personal hero as a child.
- Nightwing is a sanguine personality type meaning he's talkative, cocky, easily bored, very hot-tempered at times. Unlike his mentor, he doesn't brood on his parent's deaths but moved past them. Dick has a sense of humor which is ironic because of everything he's been through. A strong leader with a personable demeanor, he can keep a group together and is thought of the glue that ties the superhero community together. Truthfully Nightwing would rather not lead but when he's asked, he always delivers. When it comes to those he sees as family and friends, he will defend them without hesitation, especially his 'sister' Cassandra and his 'brothers' Jason, Tim, and Damian.