I put this in DG forum b/c quite frankly I gravitate toward certain characters more then others, and Grayson is one dude I'll always identify with. Ever since I can remember, Robin(I) was always the guy. Watching Saturday AM cartoons, trampolining, and falling in love with the Mighty Morphin Power rangers own Kimberly were typical childhood rituals for me. When I played Batman on the Super Nintendo my family thought I was weird because I chose to play as Robin over Bats everytime.lmao.
One Christmas I recieved a Batman Forever robin action figure and I remember adoring it, despite my cousin's insistence the Batman he was given blew my crummy toy out of the water. Who cared.. I was happy, and that's all that mattered. BTAS had grown on me, and the more I watched the show, the more I could empathize with this Dick Grayson kid.
For instance. He grew up under the big top, and while I'm no carny trouper my family has always been a bit of a circus(ba-da-bum!). All joking aside. I've practiced gymnastics since age 5. If my siblings are the storm, then I was the calm; an optimist. My favorite color has always been blue! I've often felt like I lived under my older brother's shadow. Yeah, I said it. :) He was like my surrogate father. The worldy experience he brought was a blessing and every example he set helped gear me. But I didn't want to grow up to be like him. I was no jock, my fashion sense was completely dork and there was no way I could measure up to big bro's street smarts. Or his business savvy. It wasn't long until I overcame this teenage rut but I hope you get the idea.
I became a full fledged fan when my Father picked this badboy up for me at a random garage sale.
I called him bluejay at first b/c I was 8-yrs old and such were my critical thinking skills. I knew it was Dick underneath, and I understood he shed the robin persona because Tim was the new partner, so I put 2 and 2 together and that's just how the cookie crumbled xD. It wasn't until I became further acquainted with The New Batman Adventures that I learned the exact reasons behind why he changed his identity, and what he'd done after his stint as Robin had ended.The fridge logic was a little too much for me. I marked out hard, man, like a friggin Cena fanboy on acid during an episode of WWE Monday Night Raw. Was never quite the same. These are the rantings of a madman. I could list a million reasons why Nightwing is such a boss but I'd die happier knowing whether you guys feel a connection to the characters you support in comics. Carpe Diem everybody, and plz don't forget to comment!