Dick joined the act at a very young age, having been trained in acrobatics from birth. While on tour in Gotham City, Tony Zucco, a well-known crime-lord, threaten the performers unless the circus's owner paid extortion money. The owner refused, and that night Dick watched in horror as his family's high wire snapped, sending his parents, cousin and aunt hurtling to their deaths and paralyzing his namesake uncle for life, all while many of Gotham's elite watched on.
Bruce Wayne adopted Dick as his ward after witnessing the death of Dick's parents as Dick's uncle Rick was comatose. He trains Dick in various techniques such as martial arts, stealth, computer hacking and weapon training.
When Dick started his crime fighting career, he took on the identity of Robin, the sidekick or, as he prefers to be known, partner to Batman.
Founding The Team
Grayson joined Aqualad, Kid Flash, and Speedy on July 4th in entering the Hall of Justice after having defeated Mister Freeze with Batman. While the League was dealing with other matters, Aqualad, Kid Flash, and Robin investigated a fire at Project Cadmus.
Together, they rescued a clone of Superman, known as the Super Boy, and with his assistance, defeated a mutated Mark Desmond. In an act of defiance, the four teens banded together to form a team, and on July 8th they were brought to the Secret Sanctuary, where they met their fifth member, Miss Martian.
On The Team
Grayson, being the most experienced member of the team, he assumed that he would automatically be the leader, but this would prove to not be the case. As the youngest member of the team, he was still a bit immature and had often be heard laughing in combat as to toy with his opponents, yet leaving his teammates to question his intentions.
The team felt Robin lacked proper communication, when in reality it was a habit he picked up from partnering with Batman. When in combat with Batman, their relationship is so defined that they do not need to communicate and Robin therefore assumed he could disappear and that others would immediately know what to do.
Robin later nominated Aqualad to be leader as he was the oldest and the most mature of the gang. Aqualad later accepts which he calls a burden, saying that Robin will one day take over as he was born to lead the team.
Despite being apart of the new team, when not on assigned missions, Grayson still lived in Gotham City and attended Gotham Academy with his friend Barbara Gordon, and Bette Kane. Later in the first year of his team's formation, Artemis gained an education at the same school thanks to a Wayne scholarship.
Five Years Later
Dick adopted a new identity as Nightwing and became leader of the team. He ceded his Robin identity to Tim Drake, who had joined the team. He, Superboy, and Miss Martian had received outstanding invitations to join the Justice League, but all three said they were happy where they were.
Nightwing, Kid Flash, and Artemis were the only people who knew of a undercover mission to gain more intelligence on The Light's operation and new partnership. The undercover operative had been revealed to be Kaldur'ahm, Aqualad.
As a part of this secret operation they faked Artemis' death in a mission and she joined Kaldur'ahm in a magical disguise. Nightwing was worried that his actions would upset the other team members since they were grieving for Artemis' death at the hands of Kaldur'ahm.
Nightwing took a leave of absence from the Team after Wally sacrificed himself to disable an MFD.
The New Team
After leaving the Team, Nightwing began working in secret in conjunction with Barbara Gordon, now known as Oracle. After learning about a metahuman trafficking ring operating out of Markovia, he recruits Artemis, Superboy, and Black Lightning to sneak into the country and take them down. While they fail to apprehend the rings leader, Baron Bedlam, they manage to rescue two young metahumans: Geo-Force, the prince of Markovia, and Halo a Quraci refugee.
Powers and Abilities
- Hand-to-Hand Combat (Advanced): Master of many forms of hand-to-hand physical combat.
- Computer Operation
- Tactical Analysis
- Peak Human Condition
- Utility Belt
- Portable Gauntlet Computer
- Escrima Sticks
- This version of the character is exclusive to the continuity of the television series Young Justice and its tie-in comic book series. It is an adaptation of Richard Grayson. The original character was created by Bill Finger, Bob Kane, and Jerry Robinson and first appeared in Detective Comics #38.
- The character is voiced by actor Jesse McCartney.
- 91 Appearances of Richard Grayson (Earth-16)
- 22 Images featuring Richard Grayson (Earth-16)
- 2 Quotations by or about Richard Grayson (Earth-16)
- Character Gallery: Richard Grayson (Earth-16)
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