Robin is the position of Batman's sidekick and crimefighting partner, a teenage vigilante who patrols Gotham City armed with intensive martial arts abilities and a number of high-tech gadgets. There have been five as members of the Batman Family in regular continuity. The original Robin was Dick Grayson, a young circus acrobat whose parents had been killed by mobsters. Bruce Wayne witnessed the murders and took him in as his legal ward to guide him through the tragedy and help him find direction. Grayson would eventually outgrow his position and take the name Nightwing for many years, before eventually becoming a replacement Batman himself. Jason Todd was the second Robin, another orphan, a troubled youth in danger of becoming a street hoodlum until Batman took him in and provided an outlet for his aggression. Jason was murdered by the Joker, a tragedy and failure that haunted Batman for many years. Resurrected during Infinite Crisis, he has since adopted the violent anti-hero persona Red Hood. The third Robin was Tim Drake, notable for seeking the position out instead of being approached for it. He is a great detective himself, and figured out Batman's and Nightwing's secret identities on his own, explaining that Batman needed a Robin to balance him out and prevent him from becoming too dark and gritty. Since then Drake has become Red Robin to strike out on his own. Stephanie Brown, also known as Spoiler and eventually Batgirl was briefly the fourth and only female Robin, although she was fired for disobeying orders. The fifth and most recent Robin is Damian Wayne, Batman's son with Talia al Ghul, an aggressive child trained by the League of Assassins for years who is being trained as a superhero to help him find redemption. Robin's identity has been associated with a number of teams, including the Teen Titans and Young Justice. Robin as Dick Grayson was created by Bob Kane, Bill Finger and Jerry Robinson, first appearing in Detective Comics #38. (1940) Jason Todd first appeared as Robin in Batman #368. (1984) Tim Drake became Robin in Batman #457. (1990) Stephanie Brown took on the position in Robin #126. (2004) Damian Wayne has been Robin since Batman: Battle for the Cowl #3. (2009)
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