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Quote1 Look at yooou. Always so serious! The first annoyed with quip and quickness, the second earned his anger and pain--(and ultimately his death)--but you... you have always bored me with your perfection, that arrogant flaunting of how much better you think you are than everyone else. Quote2
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Tim Drake is a teen vigilante who once trained under the Batman using the moniker Red Robin, both a reference to the role of Robin and a memorial to the fallen Jason Todd.

Origin

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Tim was an athletic and popular teenage genius, who sought out new and exciting challenges within everyday life. One such challenge was to find out the secret identity of his local superhero Batman. After crossing the Penguin to get Batman's attention, Tim's family was put into witness protection, and Tim used his middle name as his new last name "Tim Drake".

With the Robin mantle still not filled after the predecessor's death, Batman finally acknowledged Tim's skill and offered him the position. Tim declined, however, finding that taking the name of a fallen hero was disrespectful, and chose to act under a moniker known as Red Robin.[3]

Batman trained Red Robin to be a vigilante, and the two worked together for a short time before Tim had a falling out with his mentor and went into a state of semi-retirement.

Rebirth

Following the death of Darkseid, evidence of tampering with the timeline arose. With these changes, Tim's history turned out to be vastly different.

As a child, Tim was taken to Haly's Circus, where he watched the Flying Graysons, the same day of their deaths. He witnessed Batman and Dick Grayson in action and was deeply moved by both. Later, he noticed as Robin first appeared around the same time Bruce Wayne took Dick as his ward and performed the same acrobatic movements as the latter, which Tim knew had been mastered by very few people. Theorizing they could be Batman and Robin, Tim followed their careers closely and, using his impressive detective skills, was proven correct, keeping the secret for himself. Years later, he correctly deduced Dick had become Nightwing and Jason Todd was the second Robin.[4]

After Jason's death, Tim grew worried about Batman's change in personality and tried to convince Dick to reunite to Batman as Robin, but, while impressed by Tim, he refused. Later, when Batman and Nightwing were in a dire situation against Two-Face, Tim was of vital help. Bruce then agreed to train him as the new Robin.[4]

Teen Titans

Tim, in his retirement, preferred to do his crime fighting over the internet, fighting cyber crime. However, after being attacked by agents from the shadowy organization N.O.W.H.E.R.E., Tim donned a new Red Robin suit and returned to the world of crime fighting, forming the new Teen Titans to combat N.O.W.H.E.R.E.[5]

When all of Earth's greatest heroes were gone and the Crime Syndicate of America had taken over the world, Red Robin decided to take the the fight to the Crime Syndicate but the Teen Titans were easily overpowered by Johnny Quick and Atomica and flung into the timestream.

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Death of the Family

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Despite the Titans' efforts, he was captured by the Joker.

Batman Eternal

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Robin War

Robin War

Robin War

When a group of rag-tag vigilante's called We Are Robin were setup in a war against the Gotham City police, Tim was among the former Robins (Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, and Damian Wayne) that attempted to control the situation. The four Robins set out to train the We Are Robin movement and lead them on several missions, all of which turned out to be Dick's plan to have the authorities capture all of the Robins except himself to keep them safe. Tim and the others were taken to a secret prison facility nicknamed "The Cage", soon learning that the Court of Owls had orchestrated the whole war.

After being forced to fight Red Hood in a match that was supposed to be to the death, Tim and the other Robins managed to fend off the Court of Owls and their army of Talons, clearing their names and allowing the We Are Robin movement to return to the streets. Though Tim expressed disappointment that Dick had kept the secret of his plan from the rest of them, Dick apologized, emphasizing the lengths he went through to protect his Robin family.

Batman and Robin Eternal

Tim Drake would team up with his fellow Robins again when Dick was on an assignment for Spyral and to stop a cyborg cyclist. After Dick encounters a group of children and a mysterious silent women who tipped him off to a conspiracy around a woman named Mother.

Later, Tim's witness-protection-program parents would turn out to be Dick's lead. Tim and Jason follow a strange electronic signal tied to the mystery and find Bane attempting to take back his former country from the mysterious Order of St. Dumas. Working together with the villain, Jason and Tim stumble upon and fight Azrael, one of Mother's children loaned to the Order of St. Dumas as their assassin.

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Detective Comics Rebirth

Tim was one of Batman's many allies who had been recruited to join his and Batwoman's crime fighting team in Gotham. The team was a sort of vigilante-training group, consisted of himself, Orphan, Spoiler, and Clayface. On his way out, so to speak, Tim had plans to retire entirely as Red Robin, getting a huge scholarship from Ivy University and making plans with his new girlfriend and teammate Stephanie Brown.

While on a mission, Tim hacked into the database of their latest target the Colonists to discover their plans. Realizing a swarm of the Colonists drones was sent out to execute dozens of innocent lives, Tim hacked the drone's mission directive to make himself the sole target. While Tim managed to take down the first wave of drones, he was apparently killed by the second wave, devastating the Bat family and his former Teen Titans teammates. However, unknown to his allies, Tim was actually teleported to an unknown location by the mysterious Mister Oz and kept prisoner.

Lonely Place Of Living

while being interrogated by Mister Oz Tim revealed how he got involved with batman through discovering the identities of him and Nightwing as well as the second Jason Todd (Prime Earth who had then been recently killed by the joker realizing that this making batman lose his grip becoming more unstable thus unable to fulfill his role as Gotham's protector thinking batman needed a partner to keep him grounded after failing to convince Dick to do it Tim took on that role as the new robin [6] as Tim put during his interrogation batman needs people and even with him gone he created a system where batman will never run out. Tim then states he told Oz all this because it's easier to lie than tell the truth when multitasking as he hacks the restraints holding him uses kryptonian coding he and batman analysed Oz then reveals his true identity as Jor el superman's biological father presumed deceased with the destruction of krypton then teleporting away. Tim now free to message batman that he's alive but when making his escape he's met by a batman toting a gun the impostor batman subsequently exposes his identity as a potential future Tim drake of a previous timeline who fires his gun to defend them against a rampaging doomsday [6] future Tim fires his bullets made of synthetic kryptonite to stun doomsday but it's skin will heal momentary while evading doomsday Tim is informed by his future self that he realized no matter how hard they trained he'd never be a better fighter then the other robins but he could instead out think them planing how to take down various opponents and keeps what he needs to win in his suit at all times when Tim says this is a lot to process future Tim states he already has he just doesn't like what he's learned he'll be batman as well as a killer but that wont stop what he's destined to become younger Tim still in disbelief that this could be him is told by his future self that he remember a "echo" of this very conversation as time seeks to reassert itself in the proper order he the rhetorically asks if it wont be him to take over when Bruce dies then who Dick would never let his story end in Gotham as result he builds a family eventually moving on in life with Jason his life has always been shaped by tragedy so after a encounter with mystic ninjas in Himalayas he loses a eye a leg and the will to live falling into substance addiction. Damian while Tim was searching for Jason would nearly burn Gotham to the ground ending with Tim claiming the mantle of batman by "doing what was necessary" making present Tim call him a monster when asking about Batwoman in this timeline his future self insults him saying he was so naive and they should've never trusted her claiming she's not who he thinks she is present Tim rejects this thinking his system was self perpetuating but his future self interjects that it couldn't work without him as some parts of history are fixed when doomsday breaks into the room after using a hologram of superman as a decoy future the theorizes the purpose of their abduction claiming that the cosmic being of unknown origin and power pulled them from their timelines not because their current capabilities but their future potential to figure out it's planning with present Tim realizing the only reason it would let them be free was that it's plans were beginning after transporting to present Gotham using future Tim's boom technology before leaving Tim's asked by his later self to tell Conner Kent he's sorry Tim not knowing causes his older to be deeply shocked how uses his suit's access all present lintel systems to investigate the current timeline after discovering history been alerted he comes to the conclusion it could changed again to test this his cuts Tim's arm and the same scar reappears on his own thinking he can change history to free him self from a miserable life he never wanted he knocks out present through a vocal override electrical shock in his in order to fix his past first by kill Batwoman before she can ruin his dream [7] hospitalized after his future self's attack Tim is reunited with batman and the rest of the batman who he informs of his future self's plan to kill Batwoman. After reinforcing the belfry's defenses and security to prepare for attack Tim wonders with Bruce on where his future self would go in world so familiar yet different. Future Tim reveals his identity to Alfred before being confronted by the other defeating them and breaking into the bat cave when the bat family engages him uses his knowledge of his opponents by disabling Jason through a bone spur caused by his death. while attempting to reason with his future self the Tim of tomorrow reveals the purpose of his break in to gain access to the present day brother AI which uses to hijack the automated bat-planes sending into attack. batman and the other robins board to the manual planes to take them down. With that distraction future Tim goes back to his main target as time begins to pull him back. when fighting present Tim and Batwoman the rest of his planes are shot while he's fading into hyper time present Tim tries to assure him things will go differently with him only responding it wont.

Young Justice

A new version of Young Justice formed when Metropolis was invaded by inhabitants of Gemworld. By this time, Tim had changed his codename back to Robin.[8]


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