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NightwingStatus: Hero

Powers and Abilities

Although Nightwing has no super-human abilities, he is a highly skilled natural athlete, trained from birth as an acrobat. He was further trained in all forms of unarmed combat by one of the greatest combatants in the world, Batman. His skills as a detective are also superlative as are his skills in disguise. Also, Nightwing's new costume has a number of weapons hidden in it. Among them are escrima sticks, clawed fingers on each hand and a grappling hook.

Nightwing is also blessed with a high level of charisma and a tactical mind and is seen by most to be the undisputed leader and spokesman of his generation of heroes and is well-regarded by the hero community as a whole. While his mentor convinces others to do what he needs though fear and tactical superiority, Nightwing commands though respect and example. It is often commented that his real superpower is that he is able to bring forth the greatest in those around him and point them towards a common purpose.

Comic History (Some links within comic canon refer to Nation-only flashbacks.)

Young Dick Grayson was born on the first day of spring. His mother nicknamed him "little Robin". Little did she know how prophetic this term of endearment would be in her son's life.

Dick Grayson was part of his family's acrobatic troupe, the Flying Graysons. Dick joined the act at a very young age, having been trained in acrobatics from birth. While on tour in Gotham City, nine-year-old Dick overheard "Boss" Anthony Zucco, a well-known and feared crime-lord, threaten the performers unless the circus's owner paid extortion money. The owner refused, and that night Dick watched in horror as his parents' high wire snapped, sending his parents hurtling to their deaths. Young Dick felt responsible, because he didn't warn his parents in time.

Shortly after the tragedy, a distant Bruce Wayne rescued Dick from an uncaring juvenile services system. Frustrated by the lack of attention from his new guardian and the mystery still surrounding his parents' death, Dick snuck out of Wayne Manor one evening to solve the crime on his own - only to stumble into Batman, who was also investigating the murder. Seeing a reflection of himself in Dick, Batman not only revealed his identity as Bruce Wayne to the boy, but also decided to train him to be his protege.

At this point, Bruce saw that Dick could temper compassion with a thirst for justice. So Bruce made the young orphan the offer of a lifetime; the chance to become his crime-fighting partner. Dick chose the name Robin, and his training began.

A talented and eager pupil, Dick made his debut as Robin the Boy Wonder a few short months later when he aided Batman in finally solving the murder of the Flying Graysons.

Bruce taught Dick fighting techniques and detective skills for a grueling 6 months. Finally, Dick had to pass a final test - "the Gauntlet". Dick had to elude the Dark Knight on the streets of Gotham for one night - from sundown to sunset - without any outside help. Dick succeeded, simultaneously bringing Gotham gangster Joe Minette to justice. Dick took to the streets as Batman's full-fledged partner in crime-fighting: Robin, the Boy Wonder.

Dick enjoyed his first year as Robin, regarding the job as an adventure until a confrontation with Two Face served as a rude awakening for the young hero. Two-Face had captured the new District Attorney and Batman, and had each suspended from a hangman's noose in a 'double gallows death-trap'. Robin, in trying to save the D.A., used a batarang to cut the rope of the noose. It worked, but Robin didn't account for Dent's obsession with the number two-- it was a two-fold trap, and the floor gave way, dropping the D.A. into the water, where the man drowned. Robin was unable to prevent his death, and received a beating at the hands of Two-Face, a beating witnessed by Batman, still tied up on the platform trying to free himself. Eventually Batman was able to free himself and apprehend Two-Face. This event, however, scarred the young crime-fighter, and haunts him even today.

A few years later, Robin, Kid Flash and Aqualad joined together to stop the menace of Mr. Twister. It was the first time the sidekicks joined forces. Their second meeting was more eventful: Robin,Kid Flash, Aqualad, now joined by Wonder Girl and Speedy, fought against their mentors, who had been possessed by the evil Antithesis. At this second meeting, the five youngsters decided to become a team... and the Teen Titans were born!

Robin naturally became the leader of the original Teen Titans. The sidekicks would continue to operate with their mentors, as well as spending time with their peers in the Teen Titans. The team was very successful in their own cases until they were asked to guard the peace activist Arthur Swenson during a critical speech. Sadly, the titans were overconfident in their own abilities and Swenson was killed despite a warning the Titans had received the night before from a mysterious girl who later became the Titan Omen. While Swenson forgave the team on his deathbed, their JLA mentors were not as understanding. They offered the young team a choice: return to their mentors full time for more training, or remain a team under the guidance of JLA patron Loren Jupiter. Robin returned to fighting with the Dark Knight until he went on a "check in" visit. there he discovered the team had been forced to swear an oath of non-violence and were refusing to help Aqualad, who had not been there during the Swenson affair and who had found a girl is terrible distress. When he tried to wash his hands of the situation, the normally reserved and shy and reserved Aqualad punched him! He then accused them all of abandoning the sprit and purpose of the team and their own goals in founding the organization before going off to help the girl on his own. In Nation canon, this incident lead to a short time where the Titans acted independently, away from their mentors and Loren Jupiter, before disbanding and reforming for a brief period before once again calling it quits at Wonder Girl's 16th birthday party.

Dick Grayson as RobinDick continued his adventures with Batman, and later Batgirl. As he grew, his partnership with Batgirl also began to take on more significance to him. He had figured out Barbara Gordon was Batgirl long before she unmasked herself. The older girl was often just as much of an outsider at the same Gotham social functions he was forced to attend and she often accompanied her father on visits to see the philanthropist Bruce Wayne who, of course, was a strong political supporter. Young Dick was immediately taken with her, but often found it harder and harder to find his nerve around her as they aged without a shared mission as a focus. This lead Barbara to believe Dick had a crush on the persona of Batgirl and little interest in her when nothing could have been farther from the truth.

A bright student, he also began attending college at Hudson University on a special program for high school students to receive some college credit and even dated casually. Robin started to take on solo missions and even intiated team-ups with Batgirl in his late teens and found himself to be a capable crime-fighter in his own right, but still was unsure of himself. Shortly afterward, the mysterious Raven summoned Dick Grayson, and several other young heroes, to form a new group of Titans. Robin again resumed leadership, and moved out of the shadow of the Batman.

Robin realized at that point that he had grown up: He no longer relied on Batman and, in fact, he and the Dark Knight disagreed on crime-fighting methodology. Dick's newfound independence and Titans' duties left less time for his former commitments in Gotham City. He also dropped out of Hudson after only one semester.

Special Note: Yes, the following contradicts Chuck Dixon's timelime in Nightwing Year One in a few different ways. Nightwing Year One contradicts multiple years of Teen Titans canon from the 1980's and if we used his timeline at the expense of the Titans issues it would short-change a great many characters. Efforts have been made from this point to merge both stories into Nation canon.

Dick rediscovered his self-worth among the Teen Titans, though it was a strain on his Gotham-based relationships. Batgirl, whom he had fallen in love with, was convinced he was growing away from their partnership. In Nation-verse, she agreed to a one-night stand where Dick finally admitted he loved her. Barbara was less than credulous and the intimate moment ended on a sour note. Batman was also less than pleased. He informed Dick that if he no longer wanted to be his partner, then Dick would have to retire as Robin. Furious, hurt, resigned, confused, eighteen year old Dick Grayson left Wayne Manor after this fallout and moved full time into Titans Tower. Helping him through this difficult time was his fellow Titans, including Starfire, a beautiful alien Dick had begun to fall in love with.

Uncertain what to do, he turned to someone he knew would understand: Superman. Very briefly, Dick had considered giving up the whole crime fighting gig; but he couldn't imagine his life any other way; But if he couldn't be Robin, who would he be? Superman had the answer. Long ago on Krypton, a man was cast out by his family - just as Dick had been. He dreamed of a world ruled by justice, and set out to protect the helpless of Krypton. His true identity was never revealed. He was known only as Nightwing. He also began to spend some time around carnivals and sideshows in order to reconnect with who and what he had been before Robin. At the same time his friend Wally West decided to leave the team, he also took a brief hiatus to formulate a future for himself away from his robin identity, leaving Wonder Girl in charge. It was a bad time to leave. Their young teammate, Terra, turned out to be a psychotic double-agent who was in the employ of Deathstroke. The pair, who were also lovers, got the drop on the team and turned them over to the Church of Blood. Dick narrowly escaped Deathstroke's assault. Back at the Tower, Slade's ex-wife Adeline was waiting for him with her son, Joseph. together, the newly minted Nightwing and Jericho recovered the Titans from Deathstroke, Terra and cult. Terra died in the assault, a victim of her own rage.

Nightwing had finally moved out of the shadow of the Bat, and would lead the Titans through some hard times. Dick endured brainwashing at the hands of Brother Blood. A short time later, Dick handed over leadership of the Titans to Wonder Girl for a brief period when, after these incredible life changes, two more were foisted on him. The first was Batman choosing a new partner, Jason Todd, and adopting him. Batman, feeling the Robin identity was his to give, offered to Jason. The other problem was that his lover, Starfire, was offered and accepted a political marriage back on a newly-freed Tameran. While Tamerean custom easily accepted polyamory, Dick felt he needed a committed and monogamous relationship. Wonder Girl, while an excellent second-in-command, proved to be a less-than capable main leader - in part because of the competing influences in her life. This tension strained even this incredibly solid relationship making the young man feel even more alone.

At this low point, Tim Drake, who would later become the third Robin, emerged to help him with a few different cases . After Jason's death, Dick nurtured and supported Tim's desire to become Batman's partner, agreeing with him the Dark Night needed the balance a Robin brought to him. This training helped ease him into the role. Dick also has, and still does, council Tim in dealing with Bruce's distant manner even though his own relationship with Bruce remained marred with tension. The process of guiding Tim to his new role also helped ease Dick's feelings of isolation, rage and loss and he returned to lead the Titans and repair his relationships, including rekindling his romance with the now-widowed Starfire.

Soon after, various members of the Titans were abducted by the Wildebeest Society. This event shook up the team in a big way. The group entered into tumultuous times, where members came and went and longtime friends were maimed or destroyed. It appeared that Jericho, corrupted by souls tainted by Trigon, was responsible for the attacks. In Nation-canon, it was later revealed that a techno-path named Eric Forrester had used his rival and the corrupted souls dormant within him to capture and clone multiple bodies to extract revenge on Jericho and his team. (see "J") This betrayal cut deep, however, and killed or maimed many of the team. The Titans were on shaky ground and the city of New York began to see their former champions as menaces. Worst of all, Roy Harper, a government agent now going by the name "Arsenal" supported the US Government's attempt to take control of the team away from Nightwing and even tried to convince him to hand over leadership peacefully to him. Nightwing replied with an explicative for his old friend and threw himself more into crime-fighting and introspection while giving his team a chance to recover. In Nation-canon, he learned later that something far more sinister had been brewing in the mind of yet another trusted friend. (see "Killswitch")

Dick's relationship with Starfire also became strained as problems in Gotham demanded his attention and the press, believing Nightwing and Dick Grayson were different people, seized on the potential of a tabloid scandal of supermodel Koriand'r dating "both" men. This attention unnerved Dick, who took to disguising himself regularly to see Kory, which caused a backlash when Kory was then depicted in the tabloids as being highly sexually available. Impulsively, Dick proposed marriage to Starfire. The two almost wed, but the ceremony was interrupted by Raven, now reborn as an evil avatar of her father, Trigon. Starfire was implanted with a demon "seed" by Raven, which caused her to leave Earth and go on a spiritual journey.

Meanwhile, in Gotham, Nightwing and Robin helped Bruce reclaim the mantle of Batman from the unstable Jean Paul Valley. Still recovering from his broken back, Bruce asked Dick to substitute for him as Batman for a time. For the first time in a long time, Bruce and Dick began to heal their strained relationship. Bruce's respect for Dick was, at last, obvious.

NightwingWhen Dick returned to the Titans, he found there to be changes. The government had interceded, placing Arsenal as leader of the team. Dick stepped aside and left the Titans in Arsenal's care.

Soon after, a problem arose in Gotham's neighboring town of Bludhaven. Twenty-one bodies washed upstream into Gotham, drawing attention to the fact that Bludhaven was just as crime-ridden as Gotham - possibly worse. Nightwing investigated the crimes at Batman's behest. Once that case was solved, Dick decided to stay in Bludhaven, and became its protector. He worked closely with Barbara Gordon - now information broker known as Oracle - in an effort to clean up the crime-ridden city. Upon arriving, Nightwing discovered that the police force was utterly corrupt and the town's kingpin, Blockbuster, had contributed to the continued decay of the city.

After Nightwing settled in Bludhaven, a galactic threat came to earth, reuniting former members of the Titans. After this adventure, the group decided to reform, with Nichtwing returning to the role of leader. Meanwhile, Dick Grayson, as himself, had joined the Bludhaven police force in efforts to rid the city of it's corruption from the inside. While his efforts were successful his boss, Amy Rorhbach, discovered his identity. Rorhbach, believing that vigilantes were a menace, was incredibly angry with her employee, despite his efforts. while they worked together to vastly improve the state of the BPD, she told him to resign his badge, least she be forced to reveal his identity in the subsequent investigation/clean-up. He reluctantly did so and then began work as a bartender.

On the personal side, Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon's relationship once again had taken a flirtatious, intimate tone and threatened to blossom into something more. When Gotham was quarantined from the rest of the United States and became a virtual No Man's Land, Nightwing was sent to secure Blackgate Prison. Exhausted and injured from his experience at the prison, Dick recuperated at Barbara's clock tower, and the two grew even closer. Finally expressing their feelings for each other, Dick and Barbara entered into a romantic relationship.

When a rogue Superman android seemingly killed Lilith and Troia, it tore apart both Young Justice and the Titans. Nightwing disbanded the Titans, but Cyborg reformed the team with members of Young Justice. Despite this, Nightwing and the founding Titans retreated far away from their former team and each other into their shared grief.

Dick retreated into himself, and to the streets of Bludhaven as a lone hero. The villain Blockbuster, however discovered his identity and begun a blood feud with him following the death of Blockbuster's mother. To that end, on January 16, 2004, the Parkthorne Apartments in Bludhaven were bombed, killing 34 people, including Yoska, a grandfatherly neighbor who had become Dick's confidant. After which, Nightwing became homeless...and even more reckless.

Special Note: It should first be noted the controversial non-consensual moment in Nightwing #91 was attempted by Tarantula, but Nightwing was able to fight off the attack. We at DC Nation took an overwhelmingly dim view of the act and believe how the situation was perceived and handled by the DC professional staff was thoroughly inappropriate and is, in fact, one of the reasons we began editing our canon; breaking it away from mainline DC. Similar circumstance also prevent the character of Mirage from being mentioned in this entry at this time.

Also, for story reasons, the Outsiders featuring Arsenal and Nightwing never existed. Our Outsiders ended up being an entirely different team featuring Sand and Detective Chimp.

Nationverse Canon

Nightwing's erratic behavior and single-mindedness continued despite entreaties by Oracle, Alfred and by Wonder Girl (Cassandra Sandsmark) to scale back. Things remained strained between he and Barbara until one day he found a bedraggled kitten, who he named Gypsy. Because he was homeless at the time, he reached out to her in order to help to take care of the kitten. This situation allowed Barbara to finally reach him. The closeness the two developed led to him proposing marriage. Barbara accepted, in part, she admitted later, to save him from self-destruction. They were married on July 17, 2004. As wedding gift, Dick moved the Gotham Clocktower to Bludhaven in order to become the couple's new home.

When Batman began training Stephanie Brown as Robin, Dick grew upset that Tim could be replaced so easily. He attempted to talk to Bruce, but Bruce seemed unwilling to hear it. When Stephanie's behavior became more erratic, Dick offered to train her, but she was unwilling to be taught. Bruce and Dick found their relationship beginning to drift apart. It would not be fully healed for some time. (see "Spoiled")

Around this time, with both of them about to marry others, Dick healed his relationship with his former lover Starfire. The pair remain close friends who know one another almost too well. Barbara also made more of an effort to listen when he talked about the past.

After Blockbuster's bombing of the Parkthorne apartments Haly's circus was attacked and burnt to the ground, killing 20 employees and fair-goers and then assaulted Oracle through a seizure-inducing computer virus (and was only saved because The Flash had dropped by to see his old friend), Dick asked the Justice League to erase Blockbuster's memory of this fact. Though the League had done similar operations before, they were reluctant to do so this time, in part due to other circumstances (see "Tribunal"). The JLA instead tried an unsuccessful attempt to fool Blockbuster by having "Nightwing" and Dick Grayson in two different places at the same time with the help of the Martian Manhunter. When Blockbuster had Stephanie Brown killed, however, they changed their mind. This series of events caused a rift between Nightwing and Black Canary for some time. Nightwing finally made a desperate one-man assault on Blockbuster, challenging him to a dual to to the death, in a bid to get his to confess to his crimes while he hid a hidden mic. The bid worked, and the recording was turned over to a journalist who then embarrassed the city into prosecuting the crimelord. When the mindwipe was attempted in Blockbuster's cell, the villain managed to use the last of his will to invade Martian Manhunter's mind when the mind-wipe was in process, and the Martian later was possessed by the criminal, who attacked Dick. The two managed to knock each other unconscious, thanks mostly to the fact that J'onn was fighting back against the possession.

Soon after his wedding, he discovered that the Joker had been transferred to Alcatraz penitentiary, which made Dick rethink his non-involvement with the Titans. While he insisted his was not a member of the group, whenever his "former" team was facing a serious threat, Nightwing would be there to assist his team - sometimes over the objections of Cyborg. He sometimes does not inform his wife of Titan business as a means of protecting or "not bothering" her. This wasn't a mistake he continued making regularly since his wife has means to find out anyway and become even more upset.

Another problem for the hero was that his friend from childhood, The Flash, was beginning to exhibit increasingly erratic behavior. While all of the Founding Titans exhibited extreme signs of isolation and grief after her death, Wally also had the misfortune of have his pregnant wife, Linda, attacked by Professor Zoom. She lost the twins she had been carrying and the pair subsequently separated. When Wally West began showing signs of mental instability, it was blamed on these and other extreme circumstances (the Zolomon Murder case, becoming homeless) along side his tendency to act like a brash, self-absorbed jerk when under deep stress due to personal changes. In reality there was another problem - Wally West had been infected with a sentient brain spore lifeform that was slowly taking over his mind. Unbeknown to Dick at the time, he and his wife had become one of Wally's few steady sources of reality. Eventually, when Nightwing discovered Wally's relationship with Poison Ivy, he began to investigate the villainess and this persistence eventually allowed him to free his friend from the grip of the spores.

Dick and Barbara were told they could not have children of their own due to her injuries - which came on the heels of Starfire asking the pair to act as godparents for her newborn son. Hearing their plight, Wonder Woman offered to bring them to Themyscria's healers and both Grayson were forced to confront loss and hope. Their efforts were successful and soon they were presenting a "World's Greatest Grandpa" mug to their mutual mentor, Batman.

His relationship to Barbara was briefly strained when he began to have dreams of another world where Raven had not interrupted his wedding to Starfire. These dreams, sent by Raven, were deeply disturbing to him and he come back to the Titans to investigate. As it turns out, the dreams were heralds of her appearance and that of Nightstar, a young woman from an alternate universe who was the daughter of Dick Grayson and Starfire. Raven had rescued from a dying universe as penance for her corrupted soul self's actions as she fled from her "husband" Brother Blood. Though he was not truly her father, he accepted her as his daughter and adopted the young woman, and tried his best to provide care for her. He even found himself disappointed she chose Titan's tower for her home instead of being closer to him. Barbara, though shocked at first, came to accept Nightstar as a stepdaughter.

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Dick and Barbara had a baby girl, Sandra (old canon name, Mary), in late 2005. He began returning often to aid the Titans regularly, and took part in the Olympics to bring Donna back to life. During the Olympics, Dick was killed, and Donna was given the option of bringing him and Roy back, or her two children. She chose Dick and Roy, explaining she couldn't deprive her children of safety they appeared to desire with Persephone, nor could she take Sandra and Lian's fathers away from them. Dick and Donna's bond had been among the most solid in both of their lives before, but in the face of this sacrifice it became clear to them both the twin-like bond they shared was unshakable. Later, in a visions of Hypertime during a fight with Dark Angel, it was strongly hinted at that they had been siblings, or had a sibling-like relationship, in lives other than this one. Since then, the pair have taken to addressing one another openly as "brother," "sister," or even "twin" in their respective native languages.

To get over his fear of fire and to reconnect with his Romany heritage, he has begun participating in firedances with the Bludhaven Rom community. He also began to restore a vardo wagon which he had recovered from a dump site.

Dick regularly aiding the Titans began to chafe on the team's leader, Cyborg, since Dick often would take command without intending to - sometimes with the help of his wife. As a result, the Titans split between Titans East, based out of Philadelphia and led by Dick, and Titans West, based out of San Francisco and led by Cyborg.

His marriage to Barbara, though loving has been plagued by an ongoing problem the pair have in separating their extensive duties from being spouses and parents. This is especially true for Barbara who could easily be seen as a technology addict. While he has insisted that he "did not marry Oracle," her growing technology use could easily be seen as a sadly useful addiction.

Nightstar vanished into Hypertime with Rip Hunter, attempting to save this universe from unraveling. While he misses his daughter, he hopes that she has eventually found a good home for herself as hypertime slowly banishes her from his memory.

Sadly, after this time Jason Todd was pulled back into his Red hood persona by the events in the plot "Killswtich." This split personality began to get revenge on those Jason had felt close to and envious of. The center of these attacks was Nightwing. Oracle was attacked in their home, paralyzing her this time from the neck down. Troia's collection of pictures were destroyed and she was nearly-fatally attacked and then handed over to the mercenary Cheshire. His former partner, Arsenal was forced to watch as Red Hood nearly murdered Cerdian and Lian. He also attacked Tim Drake in an attempt to test his mettle. After tracking Red Hood for months, Nightwing, with the help of Arsenal, managed to locate Red Hood, who's final act of destruction was to destroy Bludhaven, but not before putting Dick in a position where he would kill in front of the world, later explaining that releasing Nightwing's inner villain would not just kill what was at the heart of Nightwing, but also exact his revenge on Bruce and Batman's honor code. In the end, Nightwing refused to give in to Jason's brutality and even talked him back into being Jason long enough to dismantle the trigger bombs he had placed under Bludhaven City Hall. In the fight and in the successful attempt to keep the bomb from blowing up the city, Nightwing, Jason (back to being Red Robin) and Arsenal all lost their lives while the cameras rolled.

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