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Batman Needs A Robin
Young Timothy Drake and his parents went to Haly's Circus on the day that Dick Grayson's parents were killed. Tim got his picture taken with the Flying Graysons and was anxious to see their act - especially Dick's part in it. The young boy witnessed the Graysons' fatal plunge and saw the Batman comforting Dick afterward.
For years, Tim was plagued by nightmares about the Graysons' accident, until one day, the nine-year-old Tim saw a news broadcast in which a security camera filmed Batman and Robin battling the Penguin. Robin executed a quadruple somersault, and Tim knew it could only be Dick Grayson doing it. Tim took his findings to their inevitable conclusion: Bruce Wayne was Batman. Tim followed the Dynamic Duo's careers closely. He knew when Dick became Nightwing and when Bruce Wayne adopted Jason Todd. Once again, Tim deduced that the new Robin was Jason. Tim then read of Jason's death, which meant that Robin was dead, and noticed with alarm that Batman seemed to be going off the deep end. He photographed Batman's sloppiness in order to prove to Dick that Batman needs a Robin.
When Dick left the Titans for a short time in order to find himself, Tim broke into Dick's apartment and deduced that Dick must have went to Haly's Circus. Tim followed Dick to the scene of his parents' death, and, after Dick wrapped up a murder mystery, convinced Dick that Batman was in trouble.
When Dick caught up with Batman, the Caped Crusader admitted that he could use some help, but Two-Face soon trapped both Nightwing and Batman. Tim, dressed as Robin and accompanied by Alfred, came to their rescue. Once Two-Face was defeated, Batman accepted Tim as the new Robin, but only on a trial basis.
Alfred trained Tim for several months, showing the boy how things are done by Batman and himself. Batman then trained Tim just as hard as he had Dick and Jason Todd, after which he sent Tim to Dick Grayson; only a former Robin - could show Tim how to become Batman's partner. Dick nurtured and supported Tim's desire to become Robin, and helped ease him into the role. Dick also has helped Tim in dealing with Bruce's distant manner.
Tim's parents were rarely around; they had left their son at a Gotham boarding school. Consequently, Bruce Wayne made arrangements to have Tim visit him frequently, during which time the boy trained in secret under Batman's watchful eye. Whether his parents should be told never became an issue; while on a business trip to the Caribbean, they were abducted by the Obeah Man, leader of a voodoo cult. Despite Batman's intervention, the Drakes were poisoned by Obeah; Janet was killed and Jack was put into a paralytic coma.
Tim finally proved himself by rescuing Batman from the Scarecrow, at which point he was presented with a new, modified Robin suit and was allowed to travel to Europe to further hone his talents. There, Tim studied combat under teachers unknown even to Batman and learned certain skills that are now uniquely his.
Later, still recovering from his broken back, Bruce asked Dick to substitute for him as Batman for a time. Dick accepted. During this time, Dick established a wonderful partnership with new Robin, Tim Drake. Bruce eventually returned to Gotham to reclaim his role as Batman.
Tim also assisted the Teen Titans on a few occasions. He helped Atom's team of Titans rescue the man-monster Fringe from the clutches of the Veil. He also helped train Argent following the apparent 'death' of Titan member Joto. Argent offered him membership in the Teen Titans, but Tim declined. Robin also served as a founding member of Young Justice, with Impulse and Superboy.
When a mysterious conglomerate known as Optitron offered to sponsor the Titans and Young Justice after summoning them to San Francisco. Before any decisions could be made, a mysterious cybernetic girl known as Indigo emerged from the future. Unwittingly, she somehow activated a rogue Superman android, resulting in the deaths of Troia and Omen. At Troia's funeral, Nightwing disbanded the Titans. Meanwhile, members of Young Justice, especially Wonder Girl, felt responsible for the tragic deaths. This led Wonder Girl, Robin, Impulse and Superboy to form a new group of Teen Titans under the guidance of the more experienced Cyborg, Starfire and Beast Boy.
Recently, Tim Drake's life has been full of emotional upheaval. When his father - Jack Drake - learned of his dual identity, he forced him to give up the Robin mantle for a time. But just as Jack came to terms with his son's life as a super-hero, he was killed by Captain Boomerang during the murder mystery surrounding the death of Sue Dibny. Compounding that tragedy, Tim's girlfriend - the hero known as Spoiler - was killed by Black Mask when a "War Games" initiative was activated in Gotham City. Despite these tragedies, Tim is determined to continue his Robin career.
When Tim was orphaned, Bruce Wayne officially adopted him as his son.
When Bruce Wayne was seemingly slain during the so-called Final Crisis, Dick Grayson assumed the mantle of the Bat in honor of his fallen mentor. Taking on Wayne’s reckless son, Damian Wayne, as his new Robin, Grayson has taken to the streets of Gotham as Batman to ensure the legacy of the Dark Knight. (He said Tim was his equal, not his sidekick, which was why he couldn't be Robin.) Tim, still convinced that Bruce was alive, assumed the identity of Red Robin and made it his mission to locate his adopted father.
Batman’s protégés later discovered Bruce Wayne was still alive and lost in the timestream. Once rescued and returned to the present, Wayne established a worldwide network of Caped Crusaders known as Batman, Inc. and accepted Damian as his new Robin. With that, Tim decided to retain his Red Robin persona and eventually rejoined his friends as a member -and leader- of the Teen Titans.
Robin is a superb crimefighter, trained in martial arts and acrobatics. His other talents include detective work, computer science, healing skills, and analytical thinking. His costume, fireproof and bulletproof, contains numerous weapons that help him in his fight against crime, the most notable of which are his sling and his collapsible staff.
Information found on www.titanstower.com
"Stephanie, Dad, Conner...now Bart...When will it end? When will...?"
"Shh. Not now..."
(Evolution of Tim Drake was done by Phil Cho @Deviantart.net. Banners used above and header on main page were done by angel_gidget. Teen Titans banner with lyrics was done by scarab_dynasty. Song is Stand My Ground by Within Temptation.)
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