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Timothy Jackson Drake is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly in association with the superhero Batman. Created by Marv Wolfman and Pat Broderick, he first appeared in Batman #436 (August 1989) as the third character to assume the role of Batman's crime-fighting partner Robin. Following the events of Batman: Battle for the Cowl in 2009, Drake adopted the identity of Red Robin. In 2019, Tim returned to his original Robin persona, and had a brief stint in which he used the mononym "Drake".

As a young boy, Tim was in the audience the night Dick Grayson's parents were murdered and later managed to discover the identities of Batman and the original Robin through their exploits. After the death of the second Robin, Jason Todd, and witnessing Batman spiral into darkness, Tim attempted to convince Dick to resume the role of Robin, stating that "Batman needs a Robin". However, Dick refused to return to being Batman's sidekick, and instead Tim was appointed as the third Robin. Neal Adams redesigned the entire Robin costume specifically for Tim Drake's character, with the sole exception of the redesigned "R" logo by the late Norm Breyfogle.

Subsequent stories emphasize Tim's superior detective skills compared to the previous two Robins, which make him more similar to Batman. He succeeded Dick as the leader of the Teen Titans, and later led his own superhero team, Young Justice. He was briefly followed in the role of Robin by Stephanie Brown, and later for a longer period by Batman's biological son, Damian Wayne, during the time Tim operated as Red Robin. Tim has been shown to have a close friendships with Superboy (Conner Kent), and romantic relationships with both Stephanie Brown and Wonder Girl (Cassie Sandsmark).

In other media[]

  • Tim Drake is mentioned by Barbara Gordon in the Birds of Prey episode "Slick".
  • Tim Drake makes his animated debut as the second incarnation of Robin in the DCAU, voiced by Mathew Valencia. Tim first appears in The New Batman Adventures. His Robin costume looks identical to Dick Grayson's Robin costume from Batman: The Animated Series, but with black sleeves, gloves and briefs with red leggings (similar to the costume Tim would adopt in the comics following Infinite Crisis). He is an amalgamation of both Jason Todd and Tim Drake and is much younger than in the comics. He has some of Jason's background, including his origin as a young street thief whose father, Steven "Shifty" Drake, based on Jason's father Willis Todd was murdered by Two-Face following a botched assignment as well as Jason's somewhat rebellious personality, and possesses Tim's excellent detective skills.
  • In Static Shock, he appeared in crossovers with The New Batman Adventures, but n the latest crossover "Hard as Nails". Static notices that this time Robin isn't with Batman, and when he asks Batman says he's with the Titans. Static doesn't know who they are, and Batman simply replies that Static will meet them one day. The original idea was for the Titans (RObin, Impulse and Female Cyborg) to be a group of young heroes who help the Justice League, as seen in the "Justice League Animated Series Pilot Presentation" video, but the idea was canceled.