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|“||Since that night at the circus when I first saw him swooping down from the darkness... from the point Dick joined him-- Batman and Robin have meant everything to me. I've followed them both... I know them so well. I knew when Dick left to become Nightwing. I knew when Jason came and became Robin... and I knew when Jason died. And I saw how Batman changed without there being a Robin to care about. Look, I never wanted this for myself... but I wanted Batman and Robin back together the way they should be. And if Dick won't become Robin again... someone else has to!||„|
|~ Tim Drake.|
The original Red Robin was Dick Grayson of the Kingdom Come universe, an alternate form of the character's usual Nightwing alias. Jason Todd, also known as Red Hood at the time, became the first regular Red Robin of the mainstream DC Universe when he received the costume as a gift from the Batman of an alternate universe during Countdown.
After Todd stopped using the costume it came into the possession of a super-villain named Ulysses Armstrong who wore it briefly during Search for a Hero. Tim Drake took the mantle at the end of Battle for the Cowl after his position as Robin was given to Damian Wayne. He uses it to assume a darker persona in The Grail, and still holds the position.
Red Robin was created by Mark Waid and Alex Ross, he originally appeared as an Elseworlds character in Kingdom Come #2. (1996) The costume's first appearance in regular continuity was in Paul Dini's Countdown to Final Crisis #14. (2008).
Timothy Jackson "Tim" Drake was the only son of Jack and Janet Drake, and was raised in a wealthy household. When he was young, Tim was taken to the Haly's Circus, where he met the Flying Graysons, which was the same day as Dick's parents' deaths. Years later, Tim saw footage of Batman and Robin apprehending the Penguin, and noticed Robin's unique acrobatic skills. Despite his age, Tim showed himself to be highly intelligent, and was able to use his deductive abilities to piece together the truth behind Batman and Robin's identities. He proceeded to follow their careers closely, and even noticed Grayson's change of identity and the new Robin.
After the death of Jason Todd at the hands of the Joker, Tim noticed a change in Batman's personality. Tim went on a quest to reunite Batman and Nightwing, hoping to return the dynamic duo back to basics. When Dick refused to leave his mantle as Nightwing, Tim volunteered to become the third Robin, but Batman refused. When Batman and Nightwing were trapped in a situation with Two-Face, and Tim decided to don the Robin costume and managed to rescue them with the aid of Alfred.
Impressed with his skills and bravery, Batman accepted Tim as the new Robin on a trial basis, and trained him over several months alongside Nightwing. While training, the Obeah Man captured Tim's parents during a trip to the Caribbean, and Batman attempted to rescue them. During the kidnapping, Janet was killed and Jack left paralyzed, and a nurse had to take care of him. After assisting Batman in defeating Scarecrow, Tim was finally deemed ready to fulfill his role as the new Robin.
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