Sidekicks weren’t “cool” until Batman got his Robin all the way back in 1940. The beginning of Detective Comics was marked by the dynamic duo trying to save Gotham City from crime. Dick Grayson was the first ever Robin, who was taken care of and adopted by Bruce Wayne, a billionaire who protected Gotham as Batman at night. Since then, four more characters have taken over the mantle of Caped Crusader’s sidekick – Jason Todd, Tim Drake, Stephanie Brown, and Damian Wayne. This article will explore each Robin’s romantic preferences and see if they are gay, bisexual, or straight.
Dick Grayson was always a heterosexual man who dated many women during his tenure as Robin and Nightwing. The second Robin, Jason Todd, is seemingly straight as well since we see him being in a relationship with Artemis and briefly Starfire. Third Robin, Timothy Drake, is bisexual, as confirmed recently. He had the most significant relationship with Stephanie Brown, but when they broke up, he started a relationship with his former classmate Bernard. Fourth Robin, aforementioned Stephanie Brown, is most likely straight, with her being with Tim Drake for a long time, while Damian Wayne is still a child and didn’t showcase that much interest in dating someone.
Each Robin is different, and over the years of many changes and reboots in DC Comics, one could get confused with the preferences or characterization of the individuals. This article will explain each character and their romantic preferences in the best way possible.
All Robins relationships in DC Comics
Dick Grayson is a certified ladies’ man
First, we start with the original Boy Wonder, Dick Grayson. Bruce Wayne adopted him after his parents were killed in the circus, and since then, he has worked alongside his mentor and father figure as the sidekick named Robin.
The Boy Wonder started his vigilante life as a young boy, but as the years progressed, Dick Grayson was older, and we started seeing him pursuing romantic relationships. Dick Grayson dated many women in DC Comics, hence why he got the nickname Ladies Man. However, among the sea of women, two stood out in the last forty years – Starfire and Batgirl.
Kory and Babs were in the middle of great discussions among the fans on who was better suited for Dick, and frankly, both were great. However, the recent developments, mostly the ‘Nightwing’ run by Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo, showcase the budding romance between Barbara Gordon and Dick Grayson, who finally realize their love for each other, settling the decades-long debate.
Jason Todd was always a tragic character who dated much less than Dick Grayson
Of course, the second Robin mantle was taken over by Jason Todd after Dick Grayson decided to become Nightwing. At first, a street rat with a problematic family situation, Jason Todd quickly took over as the new Robin. Of course, the idyllic life in Wayne Manor and Batman’s sidekick was cut short, with Joker killing the young boy and scaring Batman for life.
Jason Todd was resurrected in Lazarus Pit by Talia al Ghul, with whom he briefly had a relationship. He proceeded to date multiple women in comics, most notably Barbara Gordon, Artemis, and even Starfire at one point – two of three women on this list are just plainly wrong; make a guess who.
Tim Drake had a strong, long-term relationship until he came met someone else
Timothy Drake is the third Robin, whom Batman accepted as his sidekick after the intelligent boy realized the identities of the Bat and Nightwing. Tim was refreshing since he was more soft-spoken and gentler than the previous Robins and showcased incredible intelligence.
Drake’s most notable relationship is with Stephanie Brown, with whom he was for years. However, DC decided to break the couple up (to the fans’ dissatisfaction) and put him with the second Wonder Girl, Cassie Sandsmark. However, the relationship that changed Tim Drake forever was his coming out as bisexual in ‘Batman: Urban Legends’ comic book from 2021. Tim was asked out by his former classmate in boarding school, Bernard Dowd, with whom he is still romantically involved.
Stephanie Brown’s relationship with Tim Drake marked the character forever
Steph always had a hard time in DC Comics – she was introduced in the 1990s as the vigilante Spoiler, but her death as Robin really marked her as the character.
She was briefly holding the mantle of Robin, but Batman didn’t like her stubbornness and failure to follow his orders. That led the young woman to Black Mask and brutal death by torture. Steph was resurrected in 2006 and has been in a relationship with Tim Drake since then. However, the abrupt breakup of the couple led to Tim Drake meeting Bernard and Steph supporting her ex-boyfriend as a friend.
Damian Wayne is still too young for relationships
Damian Wayne is the fifth and current Robin in DC Comics. Of course, since he is still fairly young, the biological son of Bruce Wayne and Talia al Ghul wasn’t featured in any romantic relationships. However, if we are to include the DC Animated Universe, where Damian Wayne is a teenager, Raven would be his significant love interest.
Other than that, we will have to wait and see.
Is Robin gay, bisexual, or straight?
Batman has a lot of queer characters in his domain, and seeing at least one Robin being anything different than straight is not surprising.
Nightwing is currently happily in a relationship with Barbara Gordon, who was at one point the focus of romantic feelings of Jason Todd. The second Robin had another great romance with Artemis, while Tim Drake’s character greatly changed in the last few years. After his significant relationship with Stephanie Brown was broken up in the comics, fans were unhappy since Steph and Tim were the best together.
However, the reveal of Tim being bisexual was imminent in ‘Batman: Urban Legends’ comic book from 2021, where he reunites with his former classmate Bernard who asks him out. Since then, Tim has been in a happy relationship with Bernard, but although the huge coming out of the third Robin as bisexual was a huge deal, it was still overshadowed by Jonathan Kent and his own coming out as bisexual around the same time.
The son of Superman and Lois Lane has stolen the thunder from Tim Drake. At the same time, Damian Wayne doesn’t have any love interests since he is too young and busy to think about romance – he is too complicated for that. However, in the DC Animated Universe, Damian Wayne had a developing relationship with Raven, built across multiple animated shows.
Nevertheless, the Robins’ characters are unique, hence why comic book fans so love them.
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