I realize a lot of my followers are probably here for like, fma or sailor moon or anime liveblogging in general and might not know the comics I’ve been nostagia-ing about recently so here’s a rundown for the Batfamily pre-reboot
Bruce Wayne- is Batman. Claims to be a loner while adopting children on a regular basis
Dick Grayson- first Robin, child trapeze artist taken in by Bruce after his parents died. As an adult, became him own independent hero named Nightwing. Likes puns.
Jason Todd- Second Robin, was a homeless street kid who tried to jack the Batmobile’s tires, visually identical to Grayson, killed by the Joker.
Everyone says it was because he was irresponsible and a bad seed but if you read actually the story it was because he was tricked by his bio Mom into a trap because he didn’t realize she was working for the Joker. Clearly his death was all his fault, only a demon child wants to help his Mom
(DC did a poll asking fans whether he should die or not because i guess they wanted to encourage a creepy desire to see child characters beaten to death and Jason lost the poll since some fans who really hated him called in multiple times)
Eventually came back from the dead, extremely bitter that Batman like…was still training children and hadn’t done anything about the Joker (kind of has a point there) and decided to kill criminals.
Tim Drake- Third Robin! Rich kid, saw the circus show where Dick Grayson’s parents died. As a major Grayson fanboy, recognized his moves as Robin when he saw it on the news. Devoted his life to stalking and fanboying both of them. Noticed Batman was sad without a Robin, so eventually decided to be Robin.
BUT HE HAS HARD EVIDENCE BRUCE. HARD EVIDENCE GAINED FROM DEDICATED STALKING.
However, being Robin was a mistake, since it eventually led to his life becoming an unending cycle of tragedy. Visually identical to Jason and Dick (except his costume has pants) making it look like Bruce has a hella creepy collection. Was Red Robin for a while before the universe rebooted (yes that’s a really bad name for a superhero and also a burger chain)
Barbara Gordon- Batgirl then Oracle. Comissioner Gordon’s daughter. Became Batgirl of her own volition. Was eventually shot and paralyzed by the Joker to give Bruce some manpain. Some writers thought that was bullshit and put her back n the game as the wheelchair-using, asskickIng master superhacker and information broker Oracle, who ended up leading her own all-lady super team, the Birds of Prey. Mentored the next ladies that became Batgirl.
Had her disability “fixed” and was regressed to Batgirl again in the DC Comics reboot.
Cassandra Cain- Second Batgirl. Raised from birth to be a killer by her dad, who was one of the world’s greatest assassins. She was taught to only communicate through martial arts and body language. can read people’s body language ridiculously well to the point she can predict how someone will move before they do it. Ran away after her dad had her kill someone when she was eight (she didn’t know what was going to happen). Wandered until Barbara came across her, she was given the mantle of Batgirl.
(DC eventually decided it would be a keen idea to have Cass turn evil for no reason but took it back when fans were upset. Howeve they still didn’t give her respect and proper writing. She was eventually written as handing the Batgirl mantle to Steph, and just when she was finally appearing in comics again under another identity (Black Bat), the universe rebooted and her existence was erased completely.
Stephanie Brown- Spoiler, Robin, Batgirl. Her father was a smalltime Batman villain named the Cluemaster- while he may not have been big on Batman’s list of rogues, he made Stephanie and her Mom’s life a living hell, so Stephanie was determined to put him back in jail. Using her basic gymnastics skillls and cobbling together her own costume, she became to superhero “Spoiler” to foil his plans, Batman would generally yell at her to go home for whatever reason, train her for five minutes and then come up with some ridiculous reason to fire her, but she was never intimidated by him and never gave up. She was Tim’s on-and-off again girlfriend and Cassandra’s best friend.
When it came time for another crossover and they needed a character to trigger a gang war and then get killed off so Batman could have an excuse to push everyone away and be a “loner” for the fiftieth time, Stephanie was chosen. They decided to give her five seconds of happiness before she died, so Tim quit being Robin and Stephanie became to first female Robin. DC gave her three issues before she was fired, then tortured and killed.
In response to fan outrage over her treatment, she was bought back with the explanation her death had been faked by her doctor, they had Cassandra quit being Batgirl and Steph took over as the third Batgirl.
Her connections to all the other characters and her time as Robin and Batgirl were erased when the universe rebooted. She was recently reintroduced, but I wouldn’t hold my breath for her getting better treatment in the new universe than she did in the old.
Damian Wayne was the fifth Robin, biological son of Bruce and villan Ra’s Al Ghul’s daughter Talia . Like Cass, was trained to be an assassin from birth- unlike Cass, was pretty much fine with killing people because of it. Bruce was not made aware of his existence until he was ten.
Unlike all of the other characters listed, Damian took a while to grow on me, but he did eventually. He managed to still exist in the reboot, but was then killed in action. At ten. Yeah, that’s a “Robin life expectancy” shorter than Jason’s, FANTASTIC PARENTING BRUCE.
yeah so THAT’S THE RUN DOWN of Batman and his kidlets, before the purge.
Edit- if you need the situation with the Robins laid out visually, i find this shortpacked comic does the trick: