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Tim Drake
Robin Tim Drake.jpg
Tim Drake as Robin in Detective Comics #829 (May 2007); art by Andy Clarke.
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance As Tim Drake
Batman #436 (August 1989)[1]
As Robin
Batman #442
(December 1989)[2]
As Red Robin
Red Robin #1
(August 2009)[3]
As Batman
Teen Titans (vol. 3) #17
(December 2004)[4]
Created by Marv Wolfman (writer)
Pat Broderick (artist)
In-story information
Full name Timothy Jackson Drake-Wayne[5]
Team affiliations Batman Family
Teen Titans
Young Justice
Wayne Enterprises
Batman Inc.
Outsiders
Partnerships Batman
Nightwing
Oracle
Stephanie Brown
Superboy (Conner Kent)
Notable aliases Robin, Red Robin, The Urban Legend, Tim Wayne, Alvin Draper, Mister Sarcastic, Batman, Joker Junior, Little J, Todd Richards, Gary Glanz, Caroline Hill, Mystery Danger, The Poker
Abilities
  • Highly skilled martial artist and hand-to-hand combatant
  • Expert detective
  • Utilizes high-tech equipment and weapons

Timothy Jackson "Tim" Drake[3][6] (also known as Tim Wayne) is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly in association with Batman.

The character was created by Marv Wolfman and Pat Broderick, and first appeared in Batman #436 (Aug. 1989) as the third character to take the role of Batman's vigilante partner Robin until 2009. Following the events in Batman: Battle for the Cowl, he uses the alias Red Robin.

The character has been featured in various other formats, such as The New Batman Adventures and Young Justice: Invasion. In 2011, Tim Drake was ranked 32nd in IGN's Top 100 Comic Book Heroes.

Publication history[edit]

Tim Drake was named after Tim Burton, director of the then-upcoming 1989 film, and introduced in 1989's Batman: Year Three and his origin detailed in Batman: A Lonely Place of Dying,[7] in which he first introduced himself to Dick Grayson and impressed the former Robin with his skills. This led to Grayson and later Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce Wayne's butler, to support Tim's request to be Batman's new partner. Not wanting to make the same mistake as he did with Jason Todd, Batman had Tim endure an intensive period of training that was never given to his predecessors. Eventually Tim proves his capability and becomes Robin. Batman editor Dennis O'Neil hoped that Grayson's approval of Drake would ease reader acceptance of him. Evidently, this approach was successful with the character being so accepted by readers that, after three successful miniseries, the character had his own 183-issue series from 1993 through 2009.[8][9] Mike Mullins on Newsarama has stated:

Throughout [the entire Robin series], the character of Robin has been captured consistently, showing him to step up to greater and greater challenges. Robin is a character who shows initiative and is driven to do what he views as right. He knows he is living up to a legacy left by Dick Grayson and strives to not disappoint Bruce Wayne, Batman. Tim is a more natural detective than previous Robins and is talented with computers, which allows him to stand in his own unique spotlight. Unlike his predecessors, Tim is not the most proficient combatant and has had to really work on his fighting technique, taking up the bo staff to give him an edge that Batman does not need. Tim almost always seeks to analyze a problem and to outthink his opponent but has shown the ability to win a fight when necessary.[10]

As Robin, the character has also been featured prominently in the Young Justice and 2003 Teen Titans series. As of June 2009, he took on the new identity of Red Robin, starring in yet another series by the same name.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Tim Drake's first Robin costume, designed by Neal Adams. Cover of Robin vol. 2, 0 (Oct, 1994). Art by Tom Grummett and Ray Kryssing.

Introduction[edit]

Tim Drake is the son of Jack Drake and Janet Drake, coming from the same social class as Bruce Wayne.[11] When he was a young child, he visited the circus for the first time with his parents. The Drakes asked the Flying Graysons for a photo together, resulting in a momentary bond between Tim and Dick Grayson as they met for the first time.[12]

After reaching the age of nine, Drake deduces the identities of Batman and Robin as Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson after witnessing a gymnastic move by Robin that Grayson displayed while performing with the Flying Graysons. Inspired by the heroes, Tim trains himself in martial arts, acrobatic, detective works, in addition excel in scholastic to better himself in both physically and intellectually. When Tim reaches the age of thirteen, he notes that Batman has grown reckless and violent following the second Robin (Jason Todd) being murdered by the Joker, Drake decided to intervene and Batman eventually enlisted him as the third Robin after his mother's death and his father's paralysis.

Robin (1989–2009)[edit]

Before joining Batman as the third Robin, Tim Drake was given a modern redesign of the Robin costume and sent to train abroad with numerous masters, refining his already skilled martial arts.[13] When Bruce Wayne retires after Knightfall, Robin goes solo to defend Gotham. Robin would eventually go on to co-star with other teenaged superheroes in Young Justice and Teen Titans. He also made guest appearances in other DC comic books such as Nightwing and Azrael.

Following the deaths of his father in Identity Crisis (2004), his best friend Superboy (Kon-El) in Infinite Crisis (2005–2006), and the presumed death of his girlfriend Stephanie Brown in Batman: War Games (2004–2005), Drake was relocated to Blüdhaven, the city where Nightwing fights crime, for a period of time in order to escape the "ghosts" of Gotham City and to stay close to his stepmother Dana Winters who was admitted into a Blüdhaven clinic after going into psychological shock over Jack Drake's murder at the hands of Captain Boomerang.[14][15] Drake was then given another redesign of the Robin costume in the colors of Superboy's costume[16] and was formally adopted by Bruce as his son.[11][17]

Once Dick takes over the role of Batman after Bruce's apparent death in Batman R.I.P. and Final Crisis, Dick fires Tim from the Robin mantle and gives it to Damian Wayne. Tim, still believing that his mentor is still alive, assumes the identity of Red Robin and leaves Gotham City to go on a worldwide search for Wayne.[3][18][19]

Red Robin (2009–2011)[edit]

Tim Drake as Red Robin on the cover of Red Robin #6 (Jan. 2010); art by Marcus To.

Red Robin, which was launched in late 2009, depicted Tim Drake's search to find evidence that Bruce Wayne was still alive after cutting himself off from the rest of the Bat Family. He was approached by Ra's al Ghul's assassins who were also interested in finding out what happened to Batman. At the same time, Tamara "Tam" Fox, Lucius Fox's daughter, has been sent to find Tim Drake-Wayne to bring him back to Gotham. Tim goes to Iraq and manages to discover definitive proof that Bruce was alive and lost in time, but was ambushed by an assassin from the Council of Spiders. He manages to drive himself and Pru[clarification needed] to Tam's hotel room, and they are promptly abducted by the League of Assassins. Although initially reluctant, he entered into an alliance with Ra's before nearly bleeding to death due to their encounter with the Council of Spiders. He was put in charge of the League of Assassins by Ra's and used the time to simultaneously plan how to stop the Council of Spiders and destroy the League of Assassins. After failing to foil all but one of the Council's assassination attempts, Tim realizes that the Council will be attacking the League's base, and realizes that he left Tam in danger at the base. Rushing back to base, he simultaneously manages to delay the Council of Spiders, blow up the League's base, and escape with Tam.

After crippling Ra's' League of Assassins, Drake returns to Gotham City to overthrow Ra's plans to use Hush (surgically altered to resemble Bruce Wayne) to gain control of the Wayne family resources by becoming the CEO and controlling shareholder of Wayne Enterprises in accordance to Bruce's will. Ra's plans to destroy all that Batman held dear, and begins directing his assassins to target all of the Batman's associates. Realizing that these attacks are a smokescreen and that the real target is coercing Hush to sign away Wayne Enterprises, Red Robin decides to confront Ra's head on. He calls upon all of his friends to protect the various targets. He distracts Ra's from stopping Lucius Fox from making Drake the controlling shareholder of Wayne Enterprises. Realizing that Red Robin has bested him, Ra's commends him, calls him 'detective' and launches Tim out of the window. Tim is happy that he was able to achieve victory without any compromises, and is saved from falling by Dick Grayson (as Batman). Drake has since moved back to Gotham City and reestablished ties with his family and friends. After Bruce Wayne's return, Tim begins to aid his plans for expanding their mission globally with Batman, Inc.[20] Tim is eventually appointed as the head of the newest incarnation of the Outsiders that now serve as Batman Inc.'s black-ops wing.[21] Red Robin eventually rejoins the Teen Titans and takes over leadership from Wonder Girl. He remains as the team's leader during their climactic battle against Superboy-Prime and the new Legion of Doom.[22]

Following an adventure with Blackbat where he faces Ra's al Ghul's sister,[23] Tim stalks and attempts to kill a revived Captain Boomerang during the Brightest Day. Though Tim ultimately stops himself from killing Boomerang, he is chastised by Batman for his actions.[24]

The New 52 (2011–2016)[edit]

As part of the New 52, Tim Drake (now a pseudonym) is seen in Teen Titans #1 (September 2011) as Red Robin, now sporting a new costume designed by Brett Booth.[25] According to writer Scott Lobdell, many elements of Drake's history will remain canon.[26] At the start of the series, Tim has been in a state of semi-retirement after his falling out with Batman, and uses his computer skills to fight crime over the internet in a manner similar to Oracle. He is also shown monitoring various teenaged superheroes, such as Static, Miss Martian, Solstice and Kid Flash. After being attacked by agents from the shadowy organization N.O.W.H.E.R.E., Tim dons a new Red Robin suit and returns to the world of crime fighting.[27]

Tim Drake as Red Robin in the New 52; art by Brett Booth.

As Red Robin, Tim teams up with the mysterious and belligerent powerhouse thief known as Wonder Girl and the hyperactive speedster calling himself Kid Flash to stand a chance against his many enemies. This Teen Titans roster seems to have no ties to the previous Titans.

Teen Titans #0 revealed Tim Drake's new origin, showing a large departure from his original origin, removing his connections to Dick Grayson's origin story. In the New 52, Tim is a talented athlete and computer genius who comes close to discovering the Batman's identity but never totally figures it out. When Tim finds the Batman and gets rejected for the role of sidekick, he decides to bring the Batman to him, by hacking the Penguin's bank account and donating millions of dollars. The Penguin's goons come after Tim and his family, but the Batman saves them. Tim's parents go into witness protection, but they believe Tim deserves better and ask Bruce to take care of him for them. Bruce adopts Tim, the Witness Protection Program renames him "Tim Drake," and he takes on the identity of "Red Robin", rather than the identity of "Robin", out of respect to Jason Todd, but this contradicts several established issues where he is mentioned as having been Robin.

In recent issues he is shown to be a founding member of the Teen Titans as well as their leader. He shows feelings for Wonder Girl.

Tim was unwilling to meet with rest of the Bat-Family at the Batcave after he was infected with the Joker's new compound "HA". He was present when Damian was killed by The Heretic and admitted to Bruce that even though he had a dysfunctional relationship with Damian that he did grieve for him. He was also at the final battle between Batman and The Heretic when Talia killed her son's clone and blew up Wayne Tower.

Tim was also part of the Bat-Family's assembled team which went to Apokolips to retrieve Damian's body. As their mission focused on retrieving Robin, Tim, Jason, and Barbara wore costumes which resembled Damian's colors and each wore a Robin symbol. Following the completion of their mission and the revival of Damian he handed him the Robin symbol on his suit to welcome Damian back to life and to the role of Robin.

In the pre-Convergence timeline of Futures End, Refuges from Earth-2 are given a signal from Brother Eye, which allow them into the Earth-0 Universe, but start a war when Darkseid follows them, leading to the deaths of the Teen Titans, except for Drake. Tim abandons his Red Robin mantle and becomes a bartender until an attack by Braniac, where changes to the timeline are made. Brainiac is captured, and Terry McGinnis dies at the hands of Brother Eye's Batman-Joker hybrid. Tim dons the Batman Beyond suit and goes back in time and prevents Brother Eye from sending the signal to Earth-2, creating a new future where there is less destruction, and the events of Convergence and everything afterwords take place. Tim is launched into the new future, 35 years later, where he becomes the new Batman and destroys a weakened Brother Eye.

Tim Drake as Red Robin during the DC Rebirth events; art by Eber Ferreira.

DC Rebirth (2016–present)[edit]

In Rebirth, Tim Drake, still going with the Red Robin alias, is now a part of Batman and Batwoman's team in Detective Comics with Orphan, Spoiler, and Clayface.[28] He gains a new and third overall Red Robin suit which is very similar to his first Robin suit except with two "R"s as his logo instead of one. Tim, Orphan, Spoiler, and Clayface are being trained as a group by Batman and Batwoman, who are preparing them for the upcoming enemies known as the Colonists.[28] The Colonists are revealed to be a military group under the command of Batwoman's father, Jake Kane, who have modeled themselves after Batman in a more violent matter. After the team rescues Batman and Tim hacks their database to discover their plans, Jake sends two wave of Bat-Drones to take down the "League of Shadows," which will kill hundreds of innocents in the process.[29] As his other teammates evacuate the locations the drones were sent to, Tim hacks the drone's mission directive to make himself the sole target, knowing that the drones will stop once the target is eliminated.[30]

While Tim manages to take down the first wave of drones, he is apparently killed by the second wave, devastating the Bat family and his former Teen Titans teammates.[31] Prior to the mission, Tim was accepted to receive a genius grant from Ivy University, and planned to study there after defeating the Colonists.[30] However, just before Tim was blasted by the second wave, he is teleported to an unknown place by Mister Oz and kept prisoner. Tim swore that his friends will find him.[32]

Skills and abilities[edit]

Combat skills[edit]

Prior to becoming Robin, Tim Drake trained himself in martial arts and acrobatics. He was further taught by Batman and other instructors around the world, including Lady Shiva, who he beat in sparring. Tim Drake has knowledge in several martial arts, and his weapon of choice is the bo staff. Tim was able to fend off several notorious assassins from the Council of Spiders at once while protecting Tam Fox and also in the end game of his plan to destroy several League of Assassins bases; earning commendation from Ra's al Ghul himself who was watching the fight from afar.[33] He is also inoculated against several toxins the Batman Family has encountered, including Joker Venom, Scarecrow's Fear Toxin, and some of Poison Ivy's pheromones.

Other skills[edit]

At the age of about nine years old, Tim Drake was able to deduce Robin's secret identity as Dick Grayson when Robin performed a quadruple somersault, in which Grayson was only one of the three people who could perform such a flip. This deduction also allowed Drake to deduce that Grayson's guardian Bruce Wayne was Batman.[12] Drake's intellect has allowed him to deduce a majority of other heroes' identities including Flash and Superman. In addition, after foiling Ra's al Ghul's master plan to assassinate everyone Bruce Wayne cared about and ruining the Wayne Family fortune, Ra's has addressed Tim as "Detective", a title the villain once only reserved for Bruce Wayne.[34] His intellect has enabled him to excel in computer science and a grasp of assorted scientific techniques, including biology, engineering, and genetics, which he has been shown to use in his attempts at re-cloning Superboy.[35] Tim also speaks several languages beyond his native English, including Cantonese,[36] Russian,[37] Spanish[3] and German.[38]

Drake, like Dick Grayson, has served as leader to the Teen Titans, as well as Young Justice, and was even placed in charge of the rescue efforts of Blüdhaven by Superman, following the attack made by Deathstroke and his fellow villains.

Costumes[edit]

Tim Drake in his red and black costume on the cover of Robin vol. 2, #150 (July 2006); art by Patrick Gleason.

Tim Drake's original Robin costume had a red torso, yellow stitching and belt, black boots, green short sleeves, gloves, and pants,. He wore a cape that was black on the outside and yellow on the inside. This costume was different from that of his predecessors in that it provided increased protection with an armored tunic and gorget, long boots, an emergency "R" shuriken on his chest in addition to the traditional batarangs, and a collapsible bo staff as the character's primary weapon.

Following Infinite Crisis and 52, Tim Drake modified his costume to favor a mostly red and black color scheme in tribute to his best friend, Superboy (Kon-El), who died fighting Earth-Prime Superboy. This Robin costume had a red torso, long sleeves, and pants with a cape that was black on the outside and yellow on the inside. It also had yellow stitching and belt, and black domino mask, gloves, and boots.

Tim Drake resumed the motif of a red and black costume when he took on the identity of Red Robin. The Red Robin costume consisted of a long-sleeved red tunic, along with black boots, tights, gloves, cape and cowl. It also included a black-and-gold utility belt that carries Drake's weaponry such as his bo staff and throwing discs. After Drake's confrontation with Ra's al Ghul in Red Robin #12, the costume was slightly altered with spiked gauntlets, a cropped tunic, and a new utility belt.

The theme of a red and black costume continued in 2011 with Tim Drake's New 52 Red Robin outfit. The costume was altered considerably, as it was a single piece red and black costume, with assorted belts on his waist and legs. The full cowl was replaced with a black domino mask, similar to his previous two Robin costume designs. His chest harness was attached to a set of rocket powered wings, designed by Virgil Hawkins a.k.a. Static, that allow Red Robin the ability of flight. He continued to use his bo staff and other assorted equipment.

In the 2016 DC Rebirth relaunch, Tim Drake maintains the role of Red Robin. This Red Robin costume serves as a homage to his first Robin costume. His costume is returned to a similar look as his original Robin costume consisting of a red torso, yellow utility belt, black pants, and green short sleeves, gloves, and boots. He also has new cape that is black on the outside and yellow on the inside similar to the Robin cape. While his Red Robin suit is similar to his first Robin suit, it has two "R"s as his logo instead of one, to show that he is no longer Robin and now Red Robin. The mask is similar to his New 52 domino mask except green. His bo-staff remains his primary weapon.

Alternate versions[edit]

Further information: Alternate versions of Robin

Batman Beyond[edit]

Set after the events of Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, Tim Drake serves as a supporting character in the ongoing Batman Beyond comic book series. It is suggested that, after a series of examinations, he is freed from the Joker's control, although the experience has left him with doubts and remain struggling to keep his sanity intact. His wife is revealed to have been aware of her husband's heroic and tortured past, and implied to have met Tim and his former mentor at some point before he retires as Robin.

Bruce has offered Tim a job in his company, which he accepted, after he merged it with Lucius Fox Jr.'s company Foxteca and renamed the company Wayne Incorporated, on the condition that Tim will not get himself involved with the superheroic activities Bruce, Terry or the JLU and Bruce would pay for his children's college tuition.[39]

"Titans Tomorrow"[edit]

Main article: Titans Tomorrow

In the "Titans Tomorrow" story arc during writer Geoff Johns' run on Teen Titans, Robin and the rest of the team encounter future versions of themselves from a time after all of their mentors have been killed. As a brutal new Batman, Tim Drake personally hunted down every member of his mentor's Rogues Gallery, turning Arkham Asylum into a cemetery filled with the graves of the original Batman's enemies, whom Tim killed using the same pistol that Joe Chill used to murder Thomas and Martha Wayne when Bruce was a child. Tim had difficulty accepting that he could ever adopt such brutal methods as the direct successor to Batman, who always maintained a strict policy against murder. In a final battle culminating in both present and future Titans colliding, the battle ends in a stalemate. Using a Cosmic Treadmill in the adult Tim's Batcave, Robin and his team return home to contemplate the future they've seen.[4]

Injustice: Gods Among Us[edit]

In this reality based off the video game of the same name, Tim Drake was a new member of the Teen Titans as Red Robin at the time the Joker's nuclear explosion went off in Metropolis. The Titans tracked down Superboy to the Fortress of Solitude where he attempted to stop Superman. Tim tries lifting the Phantom Zone projector, but cannot because Superman placed a safety cap that weighs a hundred tons. When Superboy is mortally wounded, Tim and the other Titans are sent by Superman to the Phantom Zone.

The New 52: Futures End and Batman Beyond[edit]

An older Tim Drake as Batman on the cover of Batman Beyond vol. 6 #1 (June 2015). Art by Bernard Chang.

In the Futures End series, an older Tim Drake takes the role of Batman after Terry McGinnis dies. In 2015 Drake stars in the new Batman Beyond series. In the series, Tim Drake faked his death during the war between Earth Prime and Earth-2 and became a bar owner by the name of Cal Corcoran. He assisted Terry McGinnis who had come back through time to prevent the creation of Brother Eye. After Terry was killed in action defending Drake from Brother Eye's Batman/Joker Hybrid (a Brother Eye-controlled fusion of Batman and Joker from Terry's timeline) he passed on his futuristic Batsuit to Tim and in his dying wish asked him to become the new Batman and go back through time to prevent the war between Prime Earth and Earth 2, which believed will prevent the creation of Brother Eye.

He successfully travels back through time 5 years using time band and convinces Brother Eye to not send a beacon to attract the surviving hero's of Earth-2 thus preventing the war with Earth 2. Following the completion of his mission Brother Eye sends Tim back to Terry's timeline hoping to find Terry alive so he can return the Batsuit to him. However what he finds is still same future Terry came from realizing that Terrifitech is a constant and Brother Eye cannot be defeated in the past Tim declares that Brother Eye has not won yet.

A few days later Tim stops a break in at a Wayne-Powers facility by Jokers who attempt to steal a critical component that keeps Brother Eye from detecting Gotham City. He later meets up with Terry's brother Matt who is angry at Tim for wearing his brother's costume and in private declares that he should have been the one who succeed Terry as Batman.

Following the meeting Tim heads outside Gotham City to an interment camp that holding all people captured by Brother Eye. Before he can break into the facility he is attacked by a Brother Eye converted Superman who attempts to kill him. Knowing he cannot kill Superman A.L.F.R.E.D overloads the Batsuits power reserves, temporally injuring Superman. As a result, the Batsuit deactivates itself leaving Tim in his civilian attire and defenceless against Brother Eye's army. He is then captured and placed in a detention center where he meets Terry's friend Max Gibson and to his surprise Barbara Gordon.

In other media[edit]

Television[edit]

  • The Tim Drake incarnation of Robin appears as a main character in Young Justice: Invasion, voiced by Cameron Bowen. This iteration's costume is similar to his 'One Year Later' costume with some modern influences, and he uses a bo staff in combat like in the comics. He is introduced in the episode "Happy New Year" as the third version of Robin. In the episode "Satisfaction", he is seen observing Jason Todd's memorial. Tim is shown as initially hesitant to take on leadership roles, something he feels is somewhat forced on by Nightwing. Despite this, the two are shown to have a brotherly connection to one another. This familial relationship also extends to the more experienced Batgirl. Like Dick Grayson in season one, Tim is forbidden from revealing his secret identity to the team (wearing concealing sunglasses when out of costume). He shares a brief moment of interaction with Stephanie Brown during the episode "Before the Dawn". In the finale "Endgame", it is shown that he is in a relationship with Wonder Girl after Kid Flash's demise gave Wonder Girl the courage to kiss him. Due to the large cast of this show, Tim's role was mainly as a background character and was only highlighted on certain occasions. His detective skills were imperative in helping the Blue Beetle overcome control by the Reach.
  • The Tim Drake version of Robin appears in Teen Titans Go!, voiced by Scott Menville. In the episode "The Best Robin", he is one of the four members of Team Robin.

DC Animated Universe[edit]

Tim Drake as Robin in The New Batman Adventures.

Tim Drake makes his animated debut as the second incarnation of Robin in the DCAU, with Robin initially voiced by Mathew Valencia (in The New Batman Adventures and Superman: The Animated Series) and later by Eli Marienthal (in Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman) and Shane Sweet (in Static Shock), whereas Tim Drake's adult form is voiced by Dean Stockwell (in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker).

  • In The New Batman Adventures, he is a central character with his characterization slightly blended with Jason Todd's as he assists Batman and Batgirl against Two-Face in "Sins of the Father",[40] helps Batman in fighting the Joker in "Holiday Knights", almost a victim of Mr. Freeze's monotone revenge in "Cold Comfort", prevents Batman from murdering the Scarecrow in "Never Fear", almost killed Clayface for a girl he wanted to help in "Growing Pains", assists Batman with a problem involving Etrigan the Demon in "The Demon Within", almost was a victim in Barbara Gordon's nightmare in "Over The Edge", assist Batman and Batgirl against Farmer Brown in "Critters", bonded with Nightwing in "Animal Act" and "Old Wounds", helps to foil Poison Ivy's scheme in "Chemistry" and assists Batman in tracking the Creeper in "Beware The Creeper".
  • Robin also made guest appearances on other DCAU productions, teaming up with Superman on Superman: The Animated Series[41] and Static on Static Shock,[42][43] has a supporting role in stopping Batwoman's vengeance-fueled rampage in the 2003 animated film Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman, and makes cameo appearances in the Justice League animated series.
  • In the 2000 animated film Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, Robin is kidnapped and tortured by the Joker to force Batman's secrets out of the boy to the point of insanity. As the demented "Joker Jr.", he kills the Joker and then suffers a complete nervous breakdown, leading to Bat-family's break and retirement. After being helped back to sanity, he is not allowed to resume his Robin role, and eventually becomes a communications engineer with a wife and children. During the future, the 53-year-old Tim Drake transformed into the Joker's new form via stolen genetics technology containing the villain's mind, memories and DNA. He is finally free when the Joker's genetic chip gets finally destroyed by the new Batman (Terry McGinnis).

Film[edit]

  • Elements of Tim Drake's character were integrated into original character John Blake of The Dark Knight Rises. Like Tim, John deduces Batman's secret identity.
  • The Tim Drake version of Red Robin makes his animated debut in Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts and Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem, voiced by Yuri Lowenthal. This version does not remove his mask. In the first movie, he is only ever called "Red Robin" once in the entire movie and as "Robin" every other time but is constantly referred as "Red Robin" during the sequel.[44] However, Alfred Pennyworth does once refer to him as "Tim", confirming this version of Red Robin is Drake.

Video games[edit]

Tim Drake in Batman: Arkham City as Red Robin (left), Robin (middle), Dick Grayson's design (right).
  • The Tim Drake incarnation of Robin appears in Batman: Dark Tomorrow, voiced by Jonathan Roumie.
  • The Tim Drake incarnation of Robin appears in Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu, voiced by Scott Menville.
  • The Tim Drake incarnation of Robin appears in DC Universe Online, voiced by Wil Wheaton. He will appear in both the Hero and Villain quest storyline, siding with the player if he or she has chosen a Hero or attacking if the player has chosen a Villain. He is also the basic Legends PVP character granted for free to Hero players as a starter. Both during the main missions and as a playable character in short pvp matches, he uses his signature bojutsu style. Tim can also be found at one of the police stations that serves as safehouses for Heroes, and in the Watchtower, selling a PVP armor set called Raptor Infiltrator based on his looked.
  • The Tim Drake incarnation of Robin appears as a playable character in Young Justice: Legacy, voiced again by Cameron Bowen.
  • In Injustice: Gods Among Us, Tim Drake's name is listed on a hit list during Deathstroke's outro and Red Robin is on an unplayable card in the game's iOS version.
  • The Tim Drake incarnation of Robin appears in Infinite Crisis, voiced again by Cameron Bowen.

Lego series[edit]

Arkham series[edit]

Robin in a promotional image for Batman: Arkham Knight.
Further information: Batman: Arkham

The Tim Drake incarnation of Robin appears in the Batman: Arkham series, where he is voiced by Troy Baker (in Arkham City) and Matthew Mercer (in Arkham Knight).[46]

  • In Batman: Arkham City, he is a playable character in all of the challenge maps as well as appearing in the story. The game's producers describe this version of the character as grittier and darker, to fit the tone of the series. While his costume has been radically redesigned, it incorporates the traditional red and yellow colors. The first screenshot released of Robin shows a more muscled appearance with a short buzz-cut.[47] The character's alternate skins include his Red Robin costume and a skin based on Dick Grayson's Batman: The Animated Series Robin costume. He appears briefly in the game's story, intervening during a confrontation between Batman and members of the League of Assassins. Following this, Batman gives Robin a sample of the Dark Knight's poisoned blood to get to a hospital for analysis and tells Robin to keep watch over Gotham whilst his mentor deals with events in Arkham City. Robin is the main playable character in the "Harley Quinn's Revenge" DLC chapter, where he must enter the Arkham City Steel Mill to rescue Batman having gone missing two days previously and been captured by Harley Quinn seeking revenge following the events of Arkham City. Robin also appears in Batman: Arkham City Lockdown.
  • Two of Tim Drake's Robin outfits from the comics are available as skins for Dick Grayson as Robin in the multiplayer component in Batman: Arkham Origins. Upon reaching a certain level, it's possible to play as the character himself with his Red Robin outfit and his exclusive outfit from Batman: Arkham City.
  • In Batman: Arkham Knight, Robin retains his hood which is always puts down, and a slight redesign to his armor. He tries to help Batman look after those who have been infected with the Joker toxin, with the last being Batman himself. In order to protect Tim, Bruce locks him up in a cell, but Tim is later kidnapped by the Scarecrow with Commissioner Gordon, forcing Batman to give himself up and reveal his own identity to the world. The Scarecrow shoots Tim but he survives. In the 100% completion ending, Tim is engaged to Barbara Gordon and texts Gordon to "Not forget the ring", implying that Gordon was about to attend Tim and Barbara's wedding and that he is the best man. Robin also appears as a supporting and playable role in A Matter of Family (set before the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum) which chronicles Batgirl's adventure to rescue Commissioner Gordon and several GCPD officers from the Joker and Harley Quinn, teaming up with Robin during the adventure. Tim also appears in another DLC content "The Flip of a Coin", where he takes on Two-Face and his gang. He is supported in the mission as backup by his now wife Barbara and decide to not return to their honeymoon after defeating Two-Face and decided to continue protecting Gotham City even with Batman gone for good.

Collected editions[edit]

In 1993, a few years after his debut as Robin, DC launched a monthly solo series featuring Tim Drake's adventures as Robin, with Batman appearing as a supporting character. The series ended in February 2009 with issue #183 following the events of Batman: RIP and Final Crisis. Starting in August 2009, Drake starred in a new series, Red Robin. He has also starred in some miniseries and one-shots. This material has been collected as follows:

Year Title Material collected ISBN
2015 Robin Vol. 1: Reborn Robin Vol. 1 #1-5, Detective Comics Vol. 1 #618-621 and Batman #455-457 978-1401258573
1993 Robin: Tragedy & Triumph Detective Comics #618–621; Robin II #1–4 SC: 1-56389-078-X
1998 Robin: A Hero Reborn Batman #455–457, Robin (1991 miniseries) #1–5 SC: 1-56389-029-1
2000 Robin: Flying Solo Robin Vol. 4 #1-6; Showcase '94 #5–6 SC: 1-56389-609-5
2004 Robin: Unmasked! Robin Vol. 4 #121-125 SC: 1-4012-0235-7
2005 Robin/Batgirl: Fresh Blood Robin Vol. 4 #132–133; Batgirl #58–59 SC: 1-4012-0433-3
2006 Robin: To Kill a Bird Robin Vol. 4 #134–139 SC: 1-4012-0909-2
2006 Robin: Days of Fire and Madness Robin Vol. 4 #140–145 SC: 1-4012-0911-4
2007 Robin: Wanted Robin Vol. 4 #148–153 SC: 1-4012-1225-5
2007 Robin: Teenage Wasteland Robin Vol. 4 #154–162 SC: 1-4012-1480-0
2008 Robin: The Big Leagues Robin Vol. 4 #163–167 SC: 1-4012-1673-0
2008 Robin: Violent Tendencies Robin Vol. 4 #170–174; Robin/Spoiler Special #1 SC: 1-4012-1988-8
2009 Robin: Search for a Hero Robin Vol. 4 #175–183 SC: 1-4012-2310-9
2010 Red Robin: The Grail Red Robin #1-5 SC: 1-4012-2619-1
2010 Red Robin: Collision Red Robin #6–12, Batgirl Vol. 3 #8 SC: 1-4012-2883-6
2011 Red Robin: Hit List Red Robin #13–17 SC: 1-4012-3165-9
2012 Red Robin: 7 Days of Death Red Robin #18-21 & #23-26 and Teen Titans Vol. 3 #92 SC: 1-4012-3364-3

Other collected editions[edit]

  • Batman: Knightfall Vol. 2: Knightquest New Edition (Robin Vol. 4 #7)
  • Batman: Knightfall Vol. 3: KnightsEnd New Edition (Robin Vol. 4 #8-9 and 11-13)
  • Batman: Prodigal (Robin Vol. 4 #11-13)
  • Batman: Contagion (Robin Vol. 4 #27-28)
  • Batman: Legacy (Robin Vol. 4 #32-33)
  • Batman: Cataclysm (Robin Vol. 4 #53)
  • Batman: No Man's Land (Modern Edition) Vol. 2 (Robin Vol. 4 #67)
  • Batman: No Man's Land (Modern Edition) Vol. 3 (Robin Vol. 4 #68-72)
  • Batman: No Man's Land (Modern Edition) Vol.4 (Robin #Vol. 4 #73)
  • Batman: New Gotham Vol. 2: Officer Down (Robin Vol. 4 #86)
  • Bruce Wayne: Murderer? (Robin Vol. 4 #98-99)
  • Batman: War Drums (Robin Vol. 4 #126-128)-Stephanie Brown
  • Batman: War Games Book 1 (Robin Vol. 4 #129)
  • Batman: War Games Book 2 (Robin Vol. 4 #130)
  • Batman: War Games Book 3 (Robin Vol. 4 #131)
  • Teen Titans Vol. 5: Life and Death (Robin Vol. 4 #146-147)
  • Batman: The Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul (Robin Vol. 4 #168-169 & Annual Vol. 4 #7)
  • Batman: Gotham Shall Be Judged (Red Robin #22)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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