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Why Dick Grayson Is Better Than Batman

Updated November 15, 2017 10.4k votes 1.2k voters 23.6k views15 items

List RulesVote up the points that make you think Nightwing is better than Batman; vote down the ones you just don't agree with.

Superhero fans generally like Nightwing and most consider him to be the greatest Robin to ever wear an "R" on his chest. He's also favored since he's the first successor of Wayne of all the Bat-Family members. However, despite all of that respect, fans get riled up whenever someone sides with Dick Grayson in the Nightwing vs. Batman debate.

The purpose behind making a Version 2 is to surpass Version 1, but despite this logic, many people still think that Dick Grayson (AKA Robin/Nightwing) is still lesser than his mentor, Bruce Wayne. While fans have built Bruce Wayne/Batman into this god-like figure, one can still argue why Dick Grayson is better than Bruce Wayne. 

Batman is indeed an impressive martial artist and tactician, but could he be overwhelmed by Nightwing's superior athleticism and improvisation? Batman is a shrewd detective, but wouldn't he be an even better investigator if he had Nightwing's people skills and charisma? Read on for more details and a full list of reasons of why Nightwing is better than Batman.

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    Grayson Is A Better Team Player

    While Batman has been involved in several big name superhero groups like the Justice League, Grayson is still more likely to get Most Valuable Player honors from his peers. Batman's off-putting personality, independent streak, and insubordination make him hard to work with and he easily gets under the skin of his teammates. Batman usually orders people around and works above or around his allies. This usually achieves the main goal, but Batman's methods instill unnecessary conflict within the group.

    Nightwing, however, has got your back. Whether it's as a Titan, Outsider, or otherwise, Grayson is able to work alongside his teammates. He boosts their strengths and makes up for their weaknesses without belittling them. He doesn't think they work for him - he knows he works with them. 

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  • 2

    Grayson Is A Well-Rounded Mentor

    Dick Grayson is in the rare and fortunate position of being a kid sidekick who evolves into a veteran vigilante in his own right. This makes him the better mentor to teen crime fighters who are fresh in the game. While Batman did give Grayson a solid foundation and training as Robin, Grayson can now take youngsters under his (Night)wing, knowing firsthand about the struggles and stresses of being a young hero. He can take the positive aspects of Batman's rearing while eliminating the negatives he had experienced. Grayson is such a valued mentor that Batman's own son, Damian, admires him over Bruce Wayne.

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  • 3

    He Has Actual Friends

    Batman doesn't have "friends," he has "allies." Sure, there are times where he is "super friends" with Superman and Wonder Woman on occasion, but he never just casually hangs out with his peers or even members of the Bat Family. Yet when Dick Grayson walks into a room, the party cheers.

    Nightwing's friendship with the rest of the Titans, Outsiders, and the rest of the DCU, both individually and collectively, makes him a healthier person overall. This also makes him a better crime fighter since he has other perspectives to draw from. On top of that, these friendships make Nightwing's allies and teammates fight harder and better due to their emotional investment in him.

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    He Has Natural Charisma Mixed With Scare Tactics

    Charisma can get you far in life and Grayson is filled with it. With his smart*ss personality and charm, mixed with Batman's training and color scheme, Nightwing has the best of both worlds. He can be a terrifying presence to criminals given his association with Batman and his terrifying scare tactics, but he can be a charmer when he needs to gain access to information from other sources or convince would-be allies to trust him. 

    Batman's method of persuasion is "carrot vs. stick," relying heavily on the stick. Grayson knows that in many cases, you can "draw more flies with honey" by being more personable and compassionate. Combining the two, Nightwing ends up being an effective honey-drenched stick against crime. 

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