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Real Name
Richard John "Dick" Grayson
First Appearance
Detective Comics (Vol. 1) #38 (April 1940) [as Robin], Tales of the Teen Titans #44 (July, 1984) [as Nightwing], Batman: Battle for the Cowl #3 (July, 2009) [as Batman]
Bob Kane, Bill Finger, Jerry Robinson
Team Affliations
Batman Family, Teen Titans, Young Justice, Outsiders, Justice League, Batman Inc., Spyral, Super Friends (animation only)
Robin, Nightwing, Batman, The Target, Renegade, Agent 37[2] Robbie Malone, Freddy Loyd, Chester Honeywell, Freddie Dinardo
Base of Operations
Gotham City, previously New York City and Blüdhaven
Skills and Abilities
Peak human level athlete, Master martial artist, acrobat, detective, tactician, and field commander
Tools and Weapons
Eskrima Sticks, various spy and detective tools

Dick Grayson aka Nightwing (formerly Robin) is a superhero in the DC Universe and the first sidekick to Batman .


Richard Grayson was once a circus acrobat along with his parents, until they were murdered by a criminal who sabotaged their act. Dick was soon taken in by Bruce Wayne, who sympathized with his plight and revealed that he was actually Batman, a superhero. Bruce trained Dick to fight crime as his ally and protege, Robin. Later, as Richard grew up and became his own man, he dropped the Robin identity and chose a new one: Nightwing.


  • Note that the Golden Age version of Dick Grayson was later relegated to Earth-Two (along with many other Golden Age superheroes), an alternate universe containing Golden Age characters who aged in real time. In the Silver Age, a different Dick Grayson appeared with an extremely similar backstory.

Golden Age (Earth-Two)[]

Born in 1928, Richard "Dick" Grayson was the son of Mary and John Grayson, an acrobat act known as the Flying Graysons.  When he was old enough, Dick was trained in acrobatics and joined his parents act as a trapeze artist. While in Gotham City, the Circus found itself under pressure from mob boss Tony Zucco to pay protection money. The circus refused to pay and in retaliation had the safety nets and trapeze ropes sabotaged for the Flying Grayson act. Mary and John died, leaving Dick an orphan. Millionaire Bruce Wayne, who was similarly orphaned by criminals and witnessed their deaths, decided to adopt Dick as his ward.

Wayne decided to teach his new ward martial arts and fighting both to channel his anger at Zucco (who Dick realized was responsible) and to make sure he could defend himself from him should Zucco come after him. He revealed to him his secret identity of Batman and eventually let Dick train with him using his own superhero identity; Robin the Boy Wonder. However, Batman was unwilling to let a child work on the field with him, instead training him in criminology and investigation.