These are my top Robins. I have seen other posts about this subject, and this is my opinion. There are more than 10 versions of Robin, counting Elseworld stories, parallel worlds, and other forms of media. With that in mind, I have narrowed the list down to the best Kid Wonders of all time.
There are spoilers to each Robin's history, so turn back now if you aren't in to spoilers!
5 Stephanie Brown
In 1992, he was introduced as the daughter of the Cluemaster, described as a third rate Gotham villain. She began fighting crime to "spoil" the attempted crimes of her father.
After leading Batman and Tim Drake to her father's arrest, she decides to become a full-time hero. She and Robin run into each other frequently and they eventually become a couple. During this time, she began training with heroes like the Birds of Prey and Batgirl. Batman still wasn't convinced with her abilities, even with her new training. He reluctantly took Brown on as the new Robin, but she quickly found herself getting fired from the role and inadvertently igniting a gang war.
Many fans, including myself, felt this hero was never given a fair shake as Robin, but she is in my top five for her perseverance, strength of character, and an incredible desire to prove herself as a hero. She may not have convinced the Bat of her heroic prowess as Robin, she would certainly do so later, after defying death, as the new Batgirl.
4 Jason Todd
Jason Todd, prabably the most infamous version of Robin. Raised in a tougher part of the city (which says alot for Gotham), Todd grew up as a street-tough orphan. He first encounters Batman while attempting to steal the tires off the Batmobile. Batman decides to take him on as the second Robin.
Todd's turn as Robin was unique in that he would curse, smoke, and often ignore Batman's direct orders. This Robin had a number of failures and victories during his tenure, but he and Batman were never fully comfortable with one another. Todd would tragically lose his life at the hands of the Joker, in a story that still shocks fans to this day. However, because this is comics after all, his condition would later improve. In the end, while Jason Todd ended up helping Batman on a number of important cases, he would later find his true calling as the Red Hood.
3 Tim Drake
Tim Drake is the third character to where those famous red and green tights of The Boy Wonder. Ultimately this Robin is my favorite, because of his differences. Drake wasn't an acrobat, or really much of fighter, instead relying upon his wit and intelligence. At an early age, he deduced the secret identities of Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson, and sought out the role of Robin because he knew that Batman needs a Robin.
Though Batman hesitated at first, as he was still dealing with the loss of Jason Todd, Grayson ends up convincing Batman that Drake would make a worthy ally. After training with an impressive array of fighters from around the world, Drake became a new and improved Robin. This version of Robin proved to be so popular that he became the first and currently only Robin to support his own Robin solo series.
For 20 (real time) years, Drake fought alongside Batman in his own unique ways. While he became an accomplished fighter, he always preferred using his keen detective skills before entering the fray. In addition to that, this Robin also had a number of vehicles and gadgets very much akin to the Dark Knight. Drake would eventually become known as Red Robin, and in one of his greatest victories, Ra’s al Ghul would refer to him as “Detective,” a title he had previously bestowed only to Batman himself.
2 Dick Grayson
He was the child of circus performers, and as a natural acrobat, mastered the techniques of his early trade. Eventually, fate would toss the young Grayson a tragic curveball that thematically matched the type of loss suffered by a young Bruce Wayne. Seeing these similarities, Wayne would become the young man’s caregiver, and Grayson’s world would be altered forever.
The two orphans would form a bond unlike any other Robin thereafter. Robin would fight the darkness of Gotham City with a joke and a smile, and in the process, he would help fight back the same darkness in Batman. Robin was the light in Batman’s dark world. Robin’s presence would help remind the troubled Wayne of what he was fighting to protect. At the same time, while Wayne could never truly get over the death of his parents, Grayson proved that it was possible to move on after such a tragic event, and live a happy life as a crime fighter.
When he reached his teenaged years, Robin formed the now-famous group of young heroes known as the Teen Titans. Eventually, he would tire of being known as the Boy Wonder, and traded in his identity for that of Nightwing. While Grayson could easily be number one on this list for being the foundation of this heroic legacy, he’s at number three because he only came into his own as Nightwing. Eventually, he would surpass that role as well, to become the new Batman. He proved to be so impressive as Batman that many fans would have preferred that he maintained that role for even longer than he did. Today, Grayson is about to go on a new adventure unlike any he has experienced before, but his legacy will continue to live on.
1 Damian Wayne
Number one is none other than Damian Wayne. The one true son of Bruce Wayne, this incarnation of Robin is quite possibly the biggest challenge ever faced by the Dark Knight. If Jason Todd was a hot head, then Damian was an active volcano. Really though, what else could you expect from a kid raised by Talia al Ghul and the League of Assassins? Damian assumed the role of Robin soon after his debut, sucker-punching Tim Drake and claiming that the role of Robin was his birthright. What a jerk.
Batman had a tough time dealing with Damian at first, due to his murderous tendencies and superior attitude. In fact, though initially off-putting, his superiority complex became his most endearing quality -- he treated Alfred like the help and he wanted to be the next Batman like nothing else, but really, you couldn't wait to see which dangerous villain he was going to sass next.
However, after some time, Damian would begin to learn a new way of life. Readers were treated to a full hero's journey told in compelling fashion. Damian became a character who, though he would never admit it, grew to care for a great deal of people and even animals like Titus, his pet dog, Alfred, his pet cat, and Bat-Cow, his, well, you know. While that reason alone should be adorable enough to get Damian to the number one spot on this list, he also takes the top spot because of the simple-yet-clever reversal of his grim Robin to Dick Grayson’s jovial Batman. This reinvigorated the relationship of Batman and Robin and proved to be a great deal of fun.
When Bruce Wayne returned to the role of Batman, Damian would continue to be a valuable version of Robin in that he helped to push and evolve Batman’s character to new and unexplored heights. Eventually, Damian would sacrifice his life in order to protect Gotham, his father, and everyone else that he loved, including Bat-Cow! However, we’ve already seen one Robin come back from the grave, so anything is possible, especially for someone as stubborn as Damian.
For being an explosive cocktail of deadly ambition and hilarious quips, tempered by a love of pets, not to mention being Batman's most personal challenge yet, Damian Wayne is our #1 Robin.