When it comes to Halloween, there’s really no better place to find costume ideas from than the pages of Batman. If the Dark Knight or his rogues gallery doesn't suit your costume needs, then look no further than Batman’s sidekick, Robin. In Batman’s 75 year history there have been many who have taken up the mantle of Robin. Batman has trained 4 different Robin's in his time as the Dark Knight, and each of them became like sons to Batman (one of them actually is Batman's son). Let us inspire you with their histories, their first costumes, and the costumes that each of them wear today!
Dick Grayson – Nightwing
The first Robin, Richard ‘Dick’ Grayson, is the orphaned son of John and Mary Grayson. Together they formed The Flying Graysons, one of the world’s greatest acrobatic acts, for Haley's Circus. When the circus owner they worked for had a run in with the mob, the Graysons were used as an example, and Dick's parents were killed in front of a crowd of spectators. Dick entered the foster system, and was later adopted as a ward by Bruce Wayne. Eventually Dick would discover his guardian’s night time activities and join him as Robin the Boy Wonder. After growing up a bit as Robin, Dick would go out on his own as the costumed crusader Nightwing, and become his own brand of hero.
Dick's Robin & Nightwing Costumes
Jason Todd – Red Hood
Jason Todd was raised on the mean streets of Gotham as the son of two petty criminals. Jason himself turned to crime after his father was sent to prison and his step-mother had a drug addiction. After a confrontation when Jason attempted to steal the tires off the Batmobile, Batman would go on to adopt Jason and train him as Robin. Jason was as capable as Grayson, but far more aggressive. Jason would often go too far with particularly bad criminals, beating them to within an inch of their life. Jason would meet his end at the hands of the Joker in the “Death in the Family” story arc. Years later DC brought Jason back through Talia al Ghul’s intervention (and a well-placed Lazarus Pit).
Jason's Robin Costume & Red Hood Costume
Tim Drake – Red Robin
At the age of 9, Tim Drake deduced the identities of Batman and Robin after watching Robin perform a quadruple somersault, a feat only the Flying Graysons were able to do. Four years after Jason Todd’s death, Tim would become the third Robin after convincing both Alfred and Nightwing that Batman needed a Robin to keep him grounded. Batman eventually agreed and put him through both physical and mental training before letting him ‘officially’ become Robin. Tim had a sharper intellect than Dick, and a more mild temperament than Jason. Tim would go on to lead the super-group The Teen Titans. Tim would eventually take on his own superhero persona, Red Robin, to fight crime solo.
Tim's Robin Costume & Red Robin Costume
Damian Wayne – Robin
The son of Bruce Wayne and Talia al Ghul, Damian Wayne was trained in secret by the League of Assassins for nearly a decade before being released into Bruce’s custody. He struggles with Batman’s no-kill rule, believing that death would provide the ultimate form of justice to Batman’s foes. When Bruce disappeared, believed dead by many, Damian acted as Robin to Dick Grayson, when he picks up the mantle of the Bat. Bruce would eventually return and allow Damian to continue as Robin, with Dick returning to duty as Nightwing.
Damian’s Robin Costume
Robin & Nightwing Costumes
Did you learn some things about any of the Boy Wonders? Which of the four Robin costumes is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below. You can check out all of costumes from the inhabitants of Gotham city HERE! We've got looks for Poison Ivy, Joker, Catwoman, Penguin, and more!