Robin’s Codename Is a Total Betrayal of Its Real-Life Mythic Origins

For the average reader, there may be little or no connection between from batman frequent duty, robinand the legendary Robin Hood, beyond sharing a first name, of course. But alas, the two are far more intrinsically linked to each other than even the average DC reader can comprehend. Then again, maybe that’s the problem in itself, given that they’re so different despite how the former was inspired by the latter.

Robin Hood is the classic literary outlaw who lives and dies by the mantra of take from the rich and give to the poor. Batman’s famous sidekick, meanwhile, is just that. Robin, in all his forms, incarnations and secret identities, is the loyal assistant and confidant of the world’s greatest detective.

The foundation of this family friendship starts first inside Detective comics #38 by Bill Finger and Bob Kane where Dick Grayson debuts as The Boy Wonder. He adopts the nickname Robin once the narration features his transformation as Dick becoming, “this young Robinhood of today.” Funny enough, over its 82 years in the comics, Robin ended up becoming the complete antithesis of all things Robin Hood. Robin Hood is a character who prides himself on robbing the rich and giving those same riches to the poor. He wasn’t a vigilante in the same vein as the Bat family, but rather, in outlandish terms, he’s an activist thief. In simpler terms, he’s a thief, plain and simple. It doesn’t take justice into its own hands so much as it exposes flaws in the justice system by stealing from it, while funding the underrepresented.

In an interesting reversal of fortune, Robins has always been someone who prides himself on teaming up with a billionaire to beat up (often poor) criminals and hand them over to be arrested by the heavily funded authorities. Nightwing himself has even recently become quite wealthy, although he promises to use his money better than his mentor. Following in the footsteps of his mentor, Batman, Robin brings justice with an iron fist to reign heavily over the economically disadvantaged thieves of Gotham City, in many ways doing the GCPD a favor by squabbling crooks for them. Obviously, Robin keeps hardened criminals off the streets, but in some of these cases, the impoverished criminals are exactly the kind of people Robin Hood would protect and give away stolen riches. It’s something that even former Robin Jason Todd has criticized in the past (which is ironic in itself, given that Red Hood went under Batman’s wing trying to steal the Batmobile’s tires of the Dark Knight.

No one is saying Robin is wrong for what he does, but it’s hard not to find the real amusing irony of a Boy Wonder adopting his name from the kind of criminal he’d throw in a jail cell no matter what. what a night. No offense to from batman adopted son, but Robin Hood would probably hate the hero who robin chose to become.


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For the average reader, there may be little to no connection between Batman’s frequent ward, Robin, and the legendary Robin Hood, beyond sharing a first name, of course. But alas, the two are far more intrinsically linked to each other than even the average DC reader may understand. Then again, maybe that in itself is the problem, considering they are so different despite how the former was inspired by the latter.
Robin Hood is the classic literary outlaw who lives and dies by the mantra of taking from the rich and giving to the poor. The famous Batman sidekick, meanwhile, is just that. Robin, in all of his forms, incarnations, and secret identities, serves as the trusty assistant and confidante to the World’s Greatest Detective.
The foundation for this familial friendship first begins inside Detective Comics #38 by Bill Finger and Bob Kane where Dick Grayson makes his debut as The Boy Wonder. He adopts the Robin nickname once narration introduces his transformation as Dick becoming, “that young Robinhood of today.” Funny enough, over the course of his 82-year run in the comics, Robin ended up becoming the complete antithesis of everything that Robin Hood was about. Robin Hood is a character who prides himself on stealing from the rich and giving those same riches to the poor. He was no vigilante in the same vein as the Bat-family, but instead, in extravagant terms, he’s an activist thief. In simpler terms, he’s a thief, plain and simple. He doesn’t take justice into his own hands as much as he exposes flaws in the justice system by stealing from it, simultaneously funding the underrepresented.

In an interesting reversal of fortunes, Robins has always been someone who prides himself on teaming up with a billionaire to beat up (often poor) criminals and turning them in to be arrested by the heavily financed authorities. Nightwing himself even recently became quite wealthy himself, though he promises to use his money better than his mentor. Following in the footsteps of his mentor, Batman, Robin deals out justice with an iron fist reigning down heavy on the economically disadvantaged thieves of Gotham City, in many ways doing the GCPD a favor in wrangling up crooks for them. Obviously, Robin is keeping hardened criminals off the streets, but in some of these cases, the impoverished criminals are exactly the kind of people Robin Hood would be protecting and giving stolen riches to. This is something that even former Robin, Jason Todd, has criticized in the past (which is ironic in itself, considering that Red Hood came under Batman’s wing by trying to steal the tires off the Dark Knight’s Batmobile.
No one is saying that Robin is in the wrong for what he does, but it’s hard not to find the real irony amusing of a Boy Wonder adopting his name from the kind of criminal he’d throw in a jail cell on any given night. No offense to Batman’s adopted son, but Robin Hood would probably hate the hero that Robin has chosen to become.

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