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Richard "Dick" Grayson was the original Robin, the more easy-going sidekick to Batman. In adulthood, following a falling-out with his mentor, he struck out on his own as Nightwing, later establishing himself as protector of Blüdhaven. He was succeeded by Tim Drake as Batman's partner.


After graduating Gotham State University with highest honors, Dick decided it was time for a change. A trust fund set up by the circus would keep him afloat indefinitely. But he began to resent Bruce's growing obsession with his mission and decreasing concern for Dick's feelings. Bruce failed to attend Dick's graduation and forced him to cut his celebration short to help him stop Joker’s latest scheme. Witnessing Batman's harsh interrogation of one of the Joker's accomplices, Robin felt he was beginning to cross a line and tried voicing his frustration to Barbara though he could not as she did not know his identity until then, only discovering it shortly after visiting Bruce to ask him about the growing rift between him and Dick and the former reveals their secret identities. The last straw was Dick discovering that Batman knew Barbara Gordon, his girlfriend, was Batgirl, and never told him, and accused Bruce of manipulating both him and Barbara into becoming his helpers. When Bruce attempted to reason with him, Dick punched him and walked out, relinquishing the title of Robin forever.

After his falling out with Batman over the tactics he used, Dick left Gotham City and traveled the globe studying from various martial arts and crime fighting techniques. Around this time, he also gained access to a sizable insurance settlement which allowed him to be self-sufficient. After a few years of world traveling and training, Dick returned to Gotham City. He rejoined Batman's campaign as Nightwing, but his relationships with him and Batgirl became somewhat strained. Barbara and Dick no longer shared an intimate relationship as they had in college. However, it is suggested that Barbara still had some feelings for him. In spite of this, Nightwing continued to work semi-regularly with the Bat-Team. He established himself as an equal to Batman.

Nightwing helped them trick Catwoman into revealing the location of a stolen gem. Along with Batman, he planned a clever ruse to make her show her hand. Nightwing let her get close to him so the pair could "team up". He resisted Batman's advice telling him to leave him alone; all in front of Catwoman. Nightwing later helped get to the bottom of the mystery behind the Joker's fortune. During a patrol with Robin and Batman, Nightwing revisited his circus roots. While doing so, he and Batman discovered that Mad Hatter is controlling the animals in a series of otherwise inexplicable robberies. Nightwing eventually partly reconciled with his former mentor and partner after an experience with the second Robin, Tim Drake with whom he became closer since then and worked on the Bat-Team for a while longer.