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Top Five Robins

So long as there is a Batman, there will be a Robin. So who are the top five Robins? Read on and find out!

5. Richard Graustark (Thrillkiller)

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Howard Chaykin and Dan Brereton’s Elseworlds mini-series is one of the better Elseworlds that we have seen. It is unsuprising that the series had a sequel AND a series of toys based on it!

Thrillkiller is set in the 1960s, and it stars the boyfriend and girlfriend vigilante team of Richard Graustark and Barbara Gordon, otherwise known as Robin and Batgirl!

Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne is involved as the only honest cop in the police force.

All the basics are the same (Dick is a circus performer, Bruce’s parents were killed in front of him), but the twists make this series a whole lot of fun!

4. Stephanie Brown

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I think Spoiler was one of the more interesting characters created in superhero comics during the 1990s. At first, she was around just to “spoil” her father’s crimes (her father was the super villain Cluemaster).

She later showed up as a superhero for the suburbs. Interesting stuff. Ultimately, she became SO popular with the fans that she was practically thrust upon writer Chuck Dixon, leading to her becoming an ongoing supporting cast member.

And then Bill Willingham was told to kill her off – but first, she had to become a replacement Robin used by Batman to make Tim Drake jealous.

Editorial-driven comics! Woo-hoo!

Her tenure as Robin was terribly lame, but she ranks high because she was such a cool character to begin with, and the idea of her being Robin was really quite clever – until we found out it was just a ruse to make her look like an idiot and Batman look like a sociopathic jerk.

3. Carrie Kelly

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I toyed with having Carrie ranked higher, as she is just totally awesome, but ultimately, I figured she couldn’t beat the two big Robin guns.

The Dark Knight Returns was an awesome series, and Carrie was a big part of it all.

This is how cool Carrie is – she just basically MADE herself Robin. She just told Batman, “Yeah, now that you’ve returned – I’m Robin.”

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Man, she was awesome.

She became Catgirl in The Dark Knight Strikes Again.

2. Dick Grayson

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Honestly, Dick Grayson had a hard time of it as Robin.

For most of his comic career as Robin, writers were not all that interested in giving him much of a personality.

And by the time he was GIVEN a personality, it was mostly of a whiner.

Sometimes, I could only imagine what the other New Teen Titans were thinking to themselves, “uhmmm…isn’t this, like, ROBIN? You know, like, the partner of BATMAN?!? Why is he acting so whiney?”

That being said – Dick is a circus performer whose parents were killed in front of him, leading to him being taken in by a millionaire bachelor who ALSO had his parents killed in front of him, and the two team up to fight crime.

That is a hell of a premise, isn’t it?

1. Tim Drake

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The creation of Tim Drake is actually sorta creepy, I think, as he was a creation that was specifically DESIGNED to make us like him.

He had the original Robin, Dick Grayson (now Nightwing) pretty much give him his blessings to us, the readers.

He was totally NOT annoying at all – and he showed up on the scene after using his detective skills to figure out the secret identities of Batman and Robin. He did so not to BECOME Robin, but just to tell Batman that he needed a partner, because going at it alone was driving Batman nuts.

What a good kid.

Tim Drake has become the ultimate partner for Batman, and is an interesting, smart, and fairly NORMAL character – which is awesome to see.

And his costume (via Neal Adams) is super sweet, no?

Well, that’s the top five! Agree? Disagree? Let me know!

58 Comments

You dropped in Thrillkiller just so you could keep Jason Todd off the list, didn’t you?

I’m surprised that, when Didio says Spoiler wasn’t Robin long enough to get a Robin suit in the Batcave, no one says “So put a *Spoiler* costume in the cave, ya jackass!” Or something like that, but nicer.

Sucked it J

In fairness to Dick Grayson, no one was given a personality back then, including Batman. Their dialogue was pretty much interchangeable for decades. Character driven superheroes were virtually nonexistent until Marvel came along. I agree that the personality they did eventually give him did indeed suck though. His teammates wouldn’t have cared though, given that ALL of them were prone to whining.

I’ll always have a soft spot for Tim, as the issue where he confronted Batman about the partner thing was the first Batman comic I ever bought.

I think you’re way too hard on Dick Grayson. As the Comic Treadmill showed late last year, Robin’s solo adventures in Star Spangled Comics and other comics in the ’40s and ’50s were awesome. And I liked the whiny/introspective version in New Teen Titans…don’t go disrespecting Wolfman and Perez. (Besides the 1970s had plenty of awesome Dick Grayson Robin stories)

I’m surprised Stephanie Brown didn’t make your WiR list, Brian.

Personally, I think Robin as played by Burt Ward on TV should be on that list. Okay, I guess you’re looking for comic book Robins, but I think he’s almost impossible to separate from the character like Lynda Carter and Wonder Woman

As much better as Tim’s Adams costume is over the Robin classic, his OYL costume is over the Adams.

I always like the idea that Tim is going to be a better detective than Batman. Even if Batman (or Dick) might forever be better at other things.

I also thought Tim was a much more interesting Bat-character when his dad was still around, ESPECIALLY those first few Willingham issues after his dad figured out Tim’s secret identity.

That was such a great concept and they could have run with it for a long time.

Ah well.

Tim Drake also had nice hair whenever graham nolan drew him.

I have to agree that Tim really is the best of all Robins. I wasn’t much of a fan of Jason Todd as Robin, though I like him as Red Hood and I like the affect that he had on Batman. I also really liked Stephanie Brown as Robin and I wish that they could have carried out her storyline for a while longer before jumping into War Games. She shouldn’t have been a Robin for too long, but a few issues just wasn’t enough.

Also, I thought that Carrie Kelly was the worst aspect of Dark Knight Returns. She wouldn’t even make my list.

Since I’d only have four (I never read Thrillkiller and I’ve replaced Carrie Kelly with Jason Todd), I’d include Talon. Granted, he has only made cameo appearances in 52 and Teen Titans, but the idea of Owl-Man having an alternate-Robin sidekick is pretty awesome.

Does Tim’s father count as a WiR?

Oh wait, he never dated “Da Fridge!!!”

I bring nothing to the table

I hate the OYL Robin costume…too much red. The Adams costume I thought had the right balance between red and green and threw in a black cape for good measure.

I also love the Adams-designed Robin costume which eventually was used by the Earth-2 Robin (it was originally designed for the Earth-1 one and was used in a JLA story in the late 60s but it never took sadly).

I’m glad you ranked Carrie so high because she really is awesome. I think the thing I love most about her is that she didn’t become Robin because of any great tragedy or anything, just because she wanted to. Also I can relate to her because I had oblivious, hippy baby boomer parents growing up as well.

She’s probably my favourite Robin after Tim.

I agree with your list except that I think Dick Grayson should be #1. In my mind, and as far as I can tell/remember, Dick Grayson didn’t become a whiner until after he became Nightwing. And that was just after the Judas Contract; which was pretty much when Wolfman ran out of ideas and EVERYBODY in the Titans became whiners.

Nightwing “Kory Got Married and Left me!”
Kory “Dick doesn’t understand that being married means I don’t have to sleep with my husband anymore!”
Logan “I’m green, I’m horny, my dad is crazy and nobody loves me… except for Tara who was hot, and only pretending, but still… I only wish I could use all my Dad’s money to buy me some love… but this is a PG rated book… whah!”
Raven “It’s that time of the month, my dad is a Demon… don’t talk to me!”
Wonder Girl “I’m a bad leader, Robin is better at everything and my husband is a dork!”
Cyborg “You Crakers are crazy!”

Anyway…

Having said that,

Did you guys considered Kingdom Come Red Robin?
Earth 2 Robin?
How about legends of Dead Earth female Robin who can fly?

Oh, and on a final note, there are 2 Jason Todds. One with blonde hair who became Bird Boy or Wing Boy when killer Croc killed his parents; and then the one who stole the Batmobile’s tires. Personally, I liked the blonde Jason Todd a lot more. He was Tim Drake before Tim Drake. Just like Killer Croc was Bane before Bane. Oh, and not only did he help Batman, Robin, Batgirl and the rest of the Batman Family fight every Batvillain at once… he also did it with Grayson’s blessing!

For this lost treasure, check out Detective Comics #526!

I don’t know, I read Judas Contract for the first time a few years back and everyone already seemed to be whining. And of course, no one won a single fight in the whole course of the whole trade paperback, all their “wins” were usually a piece of rubble falling on the bad guy or the headquarters self-destructing during the battle and everyone evacuating. But all I saw was whining, hugging and crying. Even Wally whined on his way out of the book: “I’m quitting and no one cares. Dick’s quitting and everyone is sad. No one loves me! *sob!* I think I have the benefit of reading the books without nostalgic hindsight which gives a little more objectivity.

I’m surprised Dick even ended up on the list. I mean, everyone hated Jason and he was better than Dick.

Hmm. What other Robins are out there? Robin 3000? The Toy Wonder? Heheh.

I hate Thrillkiller with a passion. One of my least favourite elseworlds (but still above Masque and all of the ones Doug Moench wrote)

I’m happy with Tim in 1st place, and Carrie in 3rd – but I’d have put both Carrie and Jason Todd above Dick Grayson

Wolfman ruined all those Titans characters pretty much for life for me.

I think I have the benefit of reading the books without nostalgic hindsight which gives a little more objectivity.

I think I have the benefit of having read the books when they came out and had no nostalgic hindsight then since it was the most current thing going.

Oh, and on a final note, there are 2 Jason Todds. One with blonde hair who became Bird Boy or Wing Boy when killer Croc killed his parents; and then the one who stole the Batmobile’s tires. Personally, I liked the blonde Jason Todd a lot more. He was Tim Drake before Tim Drake. Just like Killer Croc was Bane before Bane. Oh, and not only did he help Batman, Robin, Batgirl and the rest of the Batman Family fight every Batvillain at once… he also did it with Grayson’s blessing!

I thought Jason Todd originally had red hair, but it’s been a while since I read that early ’80s run on Detective.

But I absolutely agreed with you: as originally created, Jason Todd was pretty much Tim Drake: a nice guy, a good Robin and one that had Dick Grayson’s blessing at that. He was even adopted by Bruce Wayne– long before it happened to Tim or to Dick even. Of course all that changed with the post-Crisis version where he was a mouthy thief who got offed by a 1-800 poll.

In creating Tim they pretty much went back to the Pre-Crisis Jason, which always struck me as being sad.

Also, one of the best use of Jason Todd’s Robin (though it’s sort of on the cusp of old Jason and revamped Jason) was one of the best uses of the character with Batman generally– Jim Starlin and Berni Wrightson’s The Cult miniseries was pretty un-spectacular, but Robin is really cool in it, or I thought so at the time I read it.

I really liked the miniseries they gave Tim right after his origin story. Batman and Alfred send him to Paris to study martial arts from some ancient bad-ass, but he ends up getting sucked into this whole Hong-Kong action movie plot with King Snake, Lady Shiva and biological weapons. It was awesome.

Carrie Kelly was scary; she did not have much of a personality at all, but was instead just a need for approval that knew how to walk like a person. She has no business on my list.

Jason was actually rather good _pre-Crisis_; I would include that version.

And yes, Tim is #1 and Dick #2.

Very glad Tim made the top spot. Dick may be the original, but he never really became his own hero until he stopped being Robin. Tim, on the other hand, is Robin, and could continue being so without Batman.

Carrie Kelly was scary; she did not have much of a personality at all, but was instead just a need for approval that knew how to walk like a person. She has no business on my list.

I thought Carrie was one of the best things about the last two chapters of Dark Knight Returns. She may not have had much of a personality, but boy did she (and Ollie) save that book from becoming way too much of itself. I’d put her on the list just for the scene where she hacks the Batcopter’s voice activated controls and Batman then tries to use it.

Batman: “Turbos Turbos!! What Th–”
Carrie: “Peel.” (Everyone is knocked back as the jets kick in)

Very glad Tim made the top spot. Dick may be the original, but he never really became his own hero until he stopped being Robin. Tim, on the other hand, is Robin, and could continue being so without Batman.

No offense, but this doesn’t make much sense. If Dick is guilty of not being his own hero while being Robin, how can Tim as a replacement for Robin be considered his own hero? He’s not only a sidekick, but a replacement sidekick at that. It’s kind of like being the understudy’s understudy.

I know you don’t like Dick in The Judas Contract, T., and I wonder if you’ve read the introduction to Terra, which I just got in trade paperback. Dick doesn’t whine, he just pouts and ignores people (like Kory – she looks like that and throws herself at him, and he ignores her!). I’m not sure who I like less – pouty Dick or whiny Dick.

Of course, Brian fails to point out (but other commenters have) that except for, say, Carrie, who only appeared in stories by one writer, that characters change depending on who’s writing them. Englehart’s Dick in the classic Detective run was a pretty cool guy. Wolfman’s Dick – same character! – was a bit of a tool.

The big difference between Tim and Dick is that when Tim was created DC concluded that they need a Robin for commercial reasons, but in that post DKR era they didn’t want Batman and Robin for storytelling reasons. So Tim never felt like Batman’s sidekick. He would appear in the Batman books ocasionnaly – usually during crossover season -, but not only did he have his own book, he was usually write around Batman in a way to downplay the partnership. Also, in the 90′s Gotham got crowded with vigilantes and so he was just one of the half dozen potential partners Batman had.

This is a great list, Brian. What are there, like 7 Robins? Next tell us who the top 5 members of the Fantastic Four are.

Wolfman’s Dick – same character! – was a bit of a tool.

And yet Dick is the main character in “Who Is Donna Troy” which is one of the best comic book stories ever.

New Teen Titans is an angst book and Robin is the leader and so he’s King Angst at times. I won’t deny it. (That said, Wally West is King Whiny…Dick doesn’t even compete). But throughout the Wolfman/Perez run of New Teen Titans Robin is the best leader of a team in comics ever. I would never have called him a tool.

Agreed on one and two. I might reverse the order if I’m workin’ from a historical perspective, but I do think that Robin III is a better character than I.

I’d probably stick tbe Earth-Two Robin in third, just because he’s SO historically important. He’s the second DC Legacy character (after Zatanna) and he pretty much set the template for “Second Generation unsure of his role.” And, honestly, I haven’t seen much in JSA or wherever that improves on, or even EXPANDS on, the idea of the legacy hero.

An’ I’d pur the PRE-CRISIS Jason Todd ahead of poor Spoiler. He was, well, VERY close to the Dick Grayson model except his origin was dumber, but he was less complainy and seemed to enjoy life more.

Post Crisis Jason Todd… Completely different character, really didn’t work. (Still kinda morbid how he was killed off, though.)

Graeme, sorry but Wally West is nowhere near as whiny as Dick. Maybe in New Teen Titans he was, but the more distance he got from that book, the more he became the man. He was lucky enough to get written out of the book early so that he didn’t get defined by whininess and poutiness the way Dick did. Plus, melodrama and angst are forgiveable as long as you balance it with testosterone and asskicking at some times, That’s why the X-Men outlasted the New teen Titans I believe, because you got the angst and soap opera, but you also got the crazy buttkickings to remind you the characters were also cool, badass mofos. In New Teen Titans, pretty much everybody they fight stomps them and mocks them while doing it. The one character they are remembered for beating handily and not through rubble or some other cheap win is Dr. Light, and that win was negated by Wolfman feeling the need to point out that Light was now a loser…in fact, it was implied for years that Light was a loser precisely BECAUSE the Titans were able to beat him. Not a great endorsement. The only people they beat are anonymous henchman or supervillains that were reduced to “joke” status. I know I sound like a broken record here, but I hate seeing the myth perpetuated that these characters were done some great service by Wolfman. The only one who ever became confident and stepped out of his mentor’s shadow is Wally, the one who left the book first, which can’t be a coincidence.

And Greg, good point about Englehart’s Robin. Very great characterization, I really wish they went with that one instead. Englehart also created a great relationship dynamic between Bruce and Dick that I wish became the status quo rather than the aloof dad/whiny son dynamic that is now the norm.

How can Dick not be number one?

Also, how many Robins have there been exactly. I’ve got a feeling that making this list is a bit like making the NHL/NBA playoffs, only worse…

Pre-Crisis Jason is perfectly likable, but was ultimately a weak character undeserving of a place on the list. He’s such a straight ripoff of Dick Grayson, right down to the circus acrobat stuff. He’s just too derivative to be a great character on his own merits.

Post-Crisis Jason Todd, meanwhile — and I might be the only one who feels this way — strikes me as a perfectly logical character, keeping in mind that his arc was finite. The idea of Robin being a street urchin adopted by Batman is pretty cool — there’s a reason it was grafted onto Tim Drake in the Bruce Timm series — and Jason Todd’s ultimate fate, in my mind, served a definite role in Batman’s continuity. Of course, bringing him back fundamentally messes a lot of that up, but there you have it…

Tim Drake is the best of the Robins functionally, but the least interesting of them on the face of things. His origin lacks the cool hook of Dick, Jason or even Stephanie Brown. But in practice he works the best. Certainly, though, he was a more unique and enjoyable character back when he was the only Robin not adopted by and living with Bruce Wayne. Giving Robin a dad and a supporting cast and a high school life made the character a lot more interesting. Adam Beechen is bringing a lot of that back but I miss Jack Drake.

The OYL outfit has grown on me. I didn’t like it at first, but I’m quite fond of it now and I hope it sticks around.

Graeme, sorry but Wally West is nowhere near as whiny as Dick. Maybe in New Teen Titans he was, but the more distance he got from that book, the more he became the man.

I am only referring to Wally in New Teen Titans. Afterward he was great, but afterward he was an entirely different character. But in New Teen Titans, Wally could whine professionally for the America team, and frequently did.

In New Teen Titans, pretty much everybody they fight stomps them and mocks them while doing it

Leaving aside from the fact, T, that I don’t think every super-team needs to demonstrate that they’re super-bad mo-fos first and foremost, I look at the first 50 issues of New Teen Titans and the 5 issues of the baxter book …Hmmm…Blackfire (and the Citadel), the Brotherhood of Evil, General Zahl and Madame Rogue, Trident, Thunder and Lightning, Puppet Master, HIVE, Trigon (twice)…I think the Titans did a fair amount of stomping and coming out on top. Even the Judas Contract which you hate so much, they end up coming out on top against HIVE, the Terminator and Terra. Maybe it’s not so upbeat but the subject matter is about betrayal.

I think T, you and I should just do something unheard of on the Internet and just agree to differ.

Dick #1, Tim #2!!!

‘Cause Dick would never let a second rate Voodoo wannabe villain kill his Mom.

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Dick #1, Tim #2!!!

‘Cause Capt. Boomerang’s @$$ would be grass if he ever messed with the Flying Graysons!

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Starfire, Barbara Gordon, the Joker’s Daughter, Huntress, Donna Troy… even Raven!!!

Yeah, he hit ‘Dat!

Tim Drake on the other hand, tried to make out with his best friend’s girlfriend at the guy’s own funeral! How sad is that?

Dick #1, Tim #2!!!

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Dick #1, Tim #2!!!

‘Cause Tony Zucco is the second cousin of the college roommate, of the best friend, of a guy who knows Tony Soprano!

The Obeah Man on the other hand, doesn’t even have a Wikipedia entry!

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Dick #1, Tim #2!!!

‘Cause Alfred never died on Dick’s watch!

And really…

Who do you think is to blame for Spoiler’s death!

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I’ll point out that you could easily do a Top Five Members of the Fantastic Four that didn’t include Reed, Sue, Ben or Johnny…temporary replacement members have a fine, longstanding tradition in the FF, and there’s something like 20 people who could claim they’ve been a member of the Fantastic Four.

Except, of course, that you couldn’t easily do a Top Five that didn’t include Ben, because he’s the bestest ever. :)

Here’s the scene… You are Half-asleep, tired,
holding on to a sexy latina in a tarantula outfit,
on a rooftop crawling with Ninjas.

What do you do?

That’s right… You get laid!

Tim might call it lucky, Dick just calls it “Another day at the Office”

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Speedo’s

They are good enough for Flex Mentallo,

And they are good enough for Dick Grayson!

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I am only referring to Wally in New Teen Titans. Afterward he was great, but afterward he was an entirely different character. But in New Teen Titans, Wally could whine professionally for the America team, and frequently did.

That;s my point, Wolfman turned them ALL into whiners. If Dick was written out of the book as fast as Wally was, some other writers might have redeemed him the same way Wally ended up being redeemed. But the longer Dick stayed in the whining club, the longer that became the defining vision of the character.

And the Titans didn’t really beat Terra and Deathstroke, they didn’t beat anyone decisively except the usual henchmen. Terra goes apeshit, makes everything rumble and shit falls on her. Nobody beat her. Nobody actually beat Deathstroke, he proved he could own the Titans at will, whether with poisoned envelopes, gas, whatever. It’s one thing to say superheroes don’t have to be obsessed with being bad mofos first and foremost, but to have them not be bad mofos at all ever is just suicide for a book that’s about superheroes. You end up just keeping the crowd that’s satisfied with the soap-opera romance and losing everyone else.

Dick #1!!!

…‘Cause Tim is too afraid to laugh at the Goddamn Batman!

For Real!!!

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Until I read this post and the comments, I couldn’t even come up with more than 5 Robins.

I think I have a romanticized version of Dick Grayson in my head.

But when people complained about how he acted during the Devin Grayson run, I just pointed to the two or three breakdowns Marv had him have.

For me, there is no real Robin other than Dick Grayson. The others are just pretenders not worth mentioning on the same page.

What next? Is there going to be a list of the “best” Supermen, with Clark Kent coming in second to Steel?

You know, the more I think about it, the more I dislike this list.

I mean, take a look at Carrie Kelly. Aside from being a plot device to show how lonely Batman was; the only thing she managed was to boost the Batchopter and not get killed by the Joker’s retarded henchman.

Pre-Crisis Jason Todd on the other hand…

Well, he took down Mongul!

Did someone actually write that Wolfman’s Dick was a bit of a tool? And that particular phrasing didn’t bother you at all?

“Pre-Crisis Jason Todd on the other hand…

Well, he took down Mongul! ”

You know, I’ve always hated Jason Todd, pre-or post-Crisis. Hell, I even paid my .99¢ and voted to kill the twerp back in the day.

That said, he (pre-Crisis) is Robin in my favorite Superman story, and is in fact the one who defeats Mongul. I guess it goes to show that any character can shine in the hands of the right writer.

But…when not written by Alan Friggin’ Moore, JTodd is a stiff. Far more useful and interesting dead than alive.

I agree that Burt Ward should definitely be on that list, at #1.

I like post crisis Jason Todd!

(BTW this new format needs the post numbers back. It’s the only way I can find where the new posts begin after refreshing the page)

I definitely would’ve included Red Robin and the Pre-Crisis Jason Todd over Thrillkiller Robin and Spoiler Robin. But that’s just me.

And Dick Grayson should absolutely be #1. He’s the whole reason the character was successful enough to spawn all those imitators.

Brian’s point about Tim Drake being specifically DESIGNED to make us like him is spot on, and is exactly why I’ve never entirely warmed to the character. He just has that whole created-by-committee, Sally Field “You like me! You really like me!” vibe to him. Kyle Rayner had the same sort of thing going on.

Worst Robin? Has to be Jason Todd, when he decided to pick a fight with Tim in Teen Titans. Why do I think this? Because he ripped away his Red Hood outfit to reveal a Robin costume. A full-grown man cannot get away with that shit. I’m amazed Tim didn’t claw his own eyes out right there.

I’m not surprised Red Robin isn’t there, but he does have a great costume, and I’m a little squicked at the prospect of the outfit getting ported to Jason in Countdown.

do you think the robin from the most recent teen titans could count as a separate robin? they never stated that he was Dick or robin, and he wasn’t whiny or nice. Hew was just a shrunken version of Batman.

The latest Dick Grayson incarnation from The Batman is awesome too, he recently had an episode where he singlehandedly beat Bane, Firefly, Joker, and a host of other Batvillains at the same time in a gonzo free-for-all fight scene. In that one sequence he had more wins than comic book Dick Grayson had in the past 30 years. The most unWolfman Dick Grayson I’ve seen in years.

1-Dick Grayson–the original, and still going–he can transcend the Robin costume, although I once did write a letter to DC complining about how he was a whiner (whining about the whiner?) and in that particular story was almost a wimpy Peter Parker.
2-Tim Drake–smart and capable–a real kind of person.
3-Earth 2 Dick Grayson–because I have a soft spot for Earth 2, and they showed him as an adult Robin. ROy Thomas used him well.
4-RedBird, form the Elseworlds “the Blue, the Grey and the Bat.” He was sneaky, had a sense of humour, and was a perfect fit for the story.
5-Burt Ward–”Batman, you risked your life to save the riff raff in the bar!”

Here’s my 2 cents:

5. Jason Todd
4. Stephanie Brown
3. Earth 2 Robin
2. Damian Wayne
1. Tim Drake / Dick Grayson (tie)

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