Nightwing Profile

Real name: Richard “Dick” Grayson

Location: Blüdhaven, Gotham, New York

First appearance: Superman as Nightwing – Jimmy Olson #69 (1963); Dick Grayson as Robin - Detective Comics #38 (1940)

Dick Grayson as Nightwing – Tales of the New Teen Titans #44 (1984)

Created by: Dick Grayson as Robin – Bob Kane, Bill Finger, and Jerry Robinson, Dick Grayson as Nightwing – Marv Wolfman and George Perez

Powers

Dick Grayson has no super powers per se, but he has been trained by one of the greatest martial artists and critical thinkers of the DC universe, the dark knight of Gotham City, Batman.

Due to this training, Dick Grayson has proved himself to be a top-class hero, leading super teams and even taking Batman’s place for awhile.

Nightwing is a master of many different martial arts and has extensive acrobatics training. He is also versed in using the many gadgets that Batman has created like Batarangs and grappling hooks. He deploys many different gadgets in the Nightwing persona, such as a taser, different smoke and tear gasses, lock picks, and more. He also uses a pair of eskrima sticks.

Team Affiliations

Teen Titans
Outsiders
JLA (Reserve Member)

Currently Seen In

Outsiders Nightwing

Interesting Fact

The Nightwing persona has been used by numerous DC characters, including Superman and Superman’s cousin Van-Zee.

Origin

Young Richard “Dick” Grayson had a charmed life. He was a member of a family of traveling circus performers known as the Flying Graysons. There he learned acrobatics, showmanship, and circus skills.

 

Then one day, in the middle of a performance, someone cut the ropes to the trapeze act and Dick saw his family fall to their deaths. Dick sought out the man that killed his parents and was saved by Batman when the killer also tried to end Dick’s life. Batman later adopted Dick as his legal ward and Dick moved into Wayne Manor.

Unfortunately, Dick felt like an outsider as Bruce Wayne kept his distance, not wanting the Bruce Wayne “persona” to become the surrogate father.

Later, Dick tracked down his parent’s killer a second time, and was again saved by Batman when he was beaten. Batman later revealed his identity and offered Dick the job of sidekick. Dick agreed and was trained by Batman in martial arts, detective work, tracking, and other skills. He became Robin, Batman’s partner in defending Gotham from evil.

Dick flourished as Robin and became a leader in his own right by helping to establish the superhero team the Teen Titans. Things began to sour between Robin and his mentor, though, as Bruce became colder and more calculating in his crime fighting.

Things came to a head when Dick decided to leave the Bat family and stop being Robin. In a conversation with Superman, Dick heard about an old Kryptonian legend of Nightwing, and with Superman’s blessing Dick decided to take up the Nightwing Mantle.

As Nightwing, Dick cleaned up the city of Blüdhaven, became an honorary member of the JLA and leader of the villain hunting team The Outsiders, and helped save the world countless times. 

More recently, Nightwing prowls the streets of New York City.

His relationship with his former mentor Bruce Wayne is repaired and Dick has become a mentor of his own with the new Robin, Tim Drake. 

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Albert, Aaron. "Nightwing Profile." ThoughtCo, Mar. 13, 2017, thoughtco.com/nightwing-character-profile-805021. Albert, Aaron. (2017, March 13). Nightwing Profile. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/nightwing-character-profile-805021 Albert, Aaron. "Nightwing Profile." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/nightwing-character-profile-805021 (accessed May 25, 2018).