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Nightwing
Nightwing-character
General Information
Real name: Richard Grayson
First Appearance: Batman: Arkham City (Detective Comics #38)
Created by: Bill Finger
Bob Kane
Affiliations: Batman
Abilities: Trained to physical and mental peak
Expert detective in all departments of criminology
Portrayed by: Quinton Flynn (voice)
"Don't let the pretty boy looks fool you. Nightwing here is tougher than he looks."
The Penguin[src]

Nightwing is a playable character in Batman: Arkham City. He is only available through DLC and does not impact the storyline.

Biography

Dick Grayson was part of a circus family, dubbed the "Flying Graysons" for their death-defying stunts and acrobatics. After a performance that Bruce Wayne attendended, as did Tim Drake, Dick was left as an orphan by the hands of the mob. Feeling sympathy for the child, Wayne decided to take the boy in as his own and treat him as family.

Eventually, Batman gained enough respect and trust for Grayson that he bestowed upon him the great secret, even going as far as to train the acrobat and develop a new sidekick, Robin. Through hard work of training and exercising, the duet was almost unstoppable.

Batman: Arkham Origins

Robin assisted Batman in stopping the gang wars between the Joker and Bane.

Batman: Arkham City

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Nightwing investing the Abramovici Twins in the Arkham Unhinged storyline.

Nightwing was available as DLC as of November 1, 2011. He includes the playable character, his costume from The New Batman Adventures, and two additional challenge maps, Wayne Manor Armory (Combat) and Wayne Manor Main Hall (Predator). Whilst Batman and Robin are in Arkham City, Nightwing defends Wayne Manor from home invaders who are trying to ransack the mansion, taking advantage of the fact Bruce Wayne is incarcerated in Arkham City. He is playable on all other challenge maps also. Nightwing does not make an appearance in story mode, unlike all of the other playable characters.

Batman: Arkham Unhinged

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Nightwing in issue 6 of the Arkham Unhinged digital comic.

At one point, Nightwing was attempting to search for the mad doc alongside Oracle. Nightwing and Robin also went after Black Mask and his gang when he escaped Arkham City.

Nightwing is seen alongside Batman investigating the mysterious Abramovici Twins, who he had heard stories about during his childhood as an acrobat. Alongside Batman, he concludes that Thomas Elliot performed their separation. In addition, Batman informed him that the Abramovici twins were separated and that Mister Hammer and Sickle were working with The Joker and The Penguin, respectively.

During Protocol 10, Hugo Strange also activated Protocol 9 and sent TYGER troops to attack Wayne Manor, but Robin and Nightwing fought them off.

Batman: Arkham Knight

Nightwing returns to offer assistance to Batman in tracking down a shipment of Penguin's weapon cache in Gotham. When Barbara Gordon is adducted by the Arkham Knight, Batman finds a clue of Penguin's involvement. He attempts to find Penguins location by following a North refrigeration truck. Nightwing provides useful aid by bring Batman to a rendezvous site for weapons shipment drop-off at Gotham's Renelagh Ferry Terminal in the northeast conner of Miagani island where a North Refrigeration truck is located. Nightwing informs Batman he's been tracking the freezer truck every since he discovered it's presence in Blüdhaven. Not willing to risk losing anymore ailles, Batman orders Nightwing to leave to which Nightwing reluctantly obeys seemingly but not before giving Batman a newly reconstructed gadgetry Disruptor developed by Lucius Fox that will enable him to place a tracking device on the truck leading Batman to Penguin's hideout.

Utilizing Disruptor Batman tracked the truck back to a warehouse and attempted to interrogate Penguin about the Arkham Knight and Barbara. Unfortunately Batman is overly unfocused that he is taken by surprised by Penguin's vast crew who are about to beat him when Nightwing arrives and provides assistance to Batman in taking down the crew. Together the original classic dynamic duo take down the crew with an impressive flow of combat leaving them incapacitated.

Batman reluctantly asked for help from Nightwing in remaining in Gotham to track down the remaining weapon cache around Gotham by tracking the remaining freezer vans.

As the night progress, Batman destroy almost all of the weapon storage warehouse. With only two remaining Nightwing reckless goes off on his own and attempts to find one but in the process get's himself captured by The Penguin. This is however a deliberate ruse orchestrated by Nightwing to give Batman the exact location of The Penguin.

Batman arrives on the scene, Nightwing causes a distraction giving Batman the opportunity to put an end to Penguin's operation for good.

Upon destroying the last crate and capturing The Penguin, Bruce congratulate Dick, expressing his true proudness of him and asked him to promise that he'll continue to keep Bludhaven safe as after tonight they will never see each other again. Dick initially thinks this an attempt to persuade hime to leave Gotham as not to steal Batman's limelight. But then he sees the confirmation from Bruce this is the seriously the end and he promises that he will keep Blüdhaven protected and leave.

Equipment and Abilities

Nightwing was taken under the wing of Bruce Wayne, and was given the mantle of Robin the Boy Wonder. To do so, he had to be trained by the Dark Knight himself. He was trained to physical and mental peak, being almost as trained as Batman. His strength is beyond most humans, barely falling under uncanny.

His gadgetry includes wrist darts, a stealthy way of taking down enemies. He only carries three darts at a time and they do not appear to regenerate over time. These darts are used in a first-person view. He uses two electric eskrima sticks, one for each hand, which can be thrown at opponents as a projectile weapon which ricochets up to hit the enemy, even around corners. Both sticks also have a shock feature on their tips. These are his trademark weapons, which he also uses in the comics. He also has a Batclaw, the Line Launcher, the Disruptor, Wing-Dings (stylized shurikens, essentially personalized batarangs), and Electric Blasts (similar to Explosive Gel, only quicker).

He lacks a cape and any other gliding mechanism built into his suit. As such he cannot glide in the game.

Trivia

  • It can be assumed that during Catwoman's alternate ending that he perished defending Wayne Manor or that he was the one that Oracle was trying to contact during the attack, though this would be considered non-canon.
  • Though the character speaks no lines throughout the game or during Riddler Challenges it states that his voice actor is Quinton Flynn.
  • In the game, his batons can produce quick, focused bursts of electricity. This was originally unique to the game, as Nightwing's batons usually had no technological function; as of the New 52, however, this was made canon by the comic books.
  • The Robin outfit Dick wore in The Animated Series is a skin that can be worn by Robin In Challenge Maps and Harley Quinn's Revenge.

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