Damian Wayne’s history as part of the Batman family has been filled with pain. As the child of the Caped Crusader and Talia al Ghul, he never had the chance to be anything but a warrior. Batman didn’t know about his son until Talia left the boy in his care rather suddenly at a young age. What does Batman do with all children left in his care? Puts them in costumes and makes them fight crime. He’s a terrible father figure. But unlike his predecessors in the role of Robin, Damian needed to be trained to control his darker impulses.
10 Punching Tim Drake And Impersonating Jason Todd
A good deed never goes unpunished and Tim Drake learned that firsthand thanks to Damian Wayne during the Batman and Son story arc. As the son of Batman, Damian’s fondest wish was to become Robin and fight alongside his father. Unfortunately, that role was already filled by Tim Drake. During a fight in the Batcave, Damian punched Tim out when Tim tried to help him, then took a part of the recently resurrected Jason Todd’s costume as his own. Knocking out one Robin and impersonating another isn’t the best way to ingratiate yourself to Batman’s extended family.
9 The Kryptonite Killer
You can never have too many Superboys. Well, unless they’re evil clones created by a rogue scientist using DNA from Match, a previous clone of Superboy. After a brief stint with the Teen Titans, Damian returns with other ex-Titans to help them fend off Superboy-Prime and his Legion of Doom. The Superboy clones attack the Titans, only to be killed by Damian and Ravager, the daughter of Deathstroke, using a Kryptonite blade. Damian had supposedly left killing behind but this moment called for it in his eyes.
8 Decapitating Spook
As it turns out, punching Tim Drake and stealing a costume wasn’t the worst part of Damian’s Batman and Son plan. Before confronting Tim, Damian took to the streets of Gotham and faced off against a criminal known as Spook. Damian does not share the aversion to killing the rest of Batman’s family has and cuts Spook’s head off. If that’s not bad enough, he takes Spook’s head back to the Batcave, shoves a grenade in his mouth and opens his fight with Tim by throwing the exploding head at him.
7 Beating Tim Up…Again
Damian Wayne has a huge problem with Tim Drake, mainly due to the face that Tim is Bruce’s adopted son at the time Damian arrives in their lives. At this point, Dick Grayson is Batman and Damian is his Robin while Tim had moved on to become Red Robin. Not the best name choice but he owned it for a while. Upon discovering Tim’s list of enemies and frenemies, a list he is on, Damian slices Tim’s line while on a stakeout mission. Tim barely survives the fall and they brawl across Gotham until Batman breaks it up.
6 Savage In The Streets, Savage In The Boardroom
Damian’s ongoing feud with Tim Drake isn’t confined to their costumed lives. Their private war extended to the boardrooms of Wayne Enterprises. After Bruce Wayne’s death, Dick Grayson inherited Wayne Enterprises as well as guardianship of Damian and the mantle of Batman. Dick had little interest in the corporate life, leading Damian to take an interest. Proving to be a natural at it, Damian sued Tim to prevent Batman’s adopted son from claiming any control or stake in the company.
5 Returning The Favor
One of the worst things the Joker has ever done was beating Jason Todd to death with a crowbar. As the old saying goes, turnabout is fair play. During a case, Dick Grayson confidant Oberon Sexton is revealed to be the Joker in disguise. Damian takes it upon himself to get information out of the Joker by brutally beating him with a crowbar. Is the method effective? Not really, since the Joker is playing possum the entire time in order to capture both Damian and Dick. Never count the Joker out, no matter how many times you hit him with a blunt instrument.
4 Damian’s Secret Prison
While this one doesn’t involve directly murdering anyone, it’s arguably one of the worst things he’s ever done. After DC Rebirth, Damian went through a couple of iterations of the Teen Titans as the leader. What he didn’t tell them was that he had a secret prison under the Titans’ headquarters where he kept all of their worst villains rather than turning them over for due process. This didn’t go over well with the team. Damian may try to control his baser instincts but he still has his own way doing things that other heroes do not like.
3 Murdering NoBody
As a result of The New 52, Bruce Wayne returned to being Batman, Dick Grayson went back to being Nightwing and Damian continued as Robin. As part of a larger plan, Damian sneaks out to partner with NoBody, yet another villain who has personal issues with Batman. NoBody is up to no good, trying to convince Damian to go back to his killing ways. Naturally, it’s a set up to take Nobody down but he starts torturing Damian when he realizes what’s happening. The mission ends when Damian kills NoBody rather than risking his inevitable return.
2 Death By His Own Hands
Being born in a lab comes with consequences. Disappointed in the son she created with science, Talia al Ghul used cloning technology to create a new, adult Damian clone who goes by the name Heretic. In a confrontation with Nightwing and Robin, Heretic impales Damian, killing him instantly. In turn, Talia kills Heretic for failing to eliminate Batman. Getting in fights with your own clone is usually best left to the master of it, Spider-Man. Proving he is like his father and grandfather, Damian would eventually be resurrected and return to duty alongside Batman.
1 The Alternate Future of Damian Wayne
Starting in Batman #666 and popping up in other titles over the years as well as a mini-series, a potential alternate version of Gotham’s future is shown where a grown-up Damian has taken over as Batman. His iteration of the Dark Knight is more brutal than his predecessors, setting traps in key locations to wipe his enemies out. Part of his mission is to kill all of the Gotham City villains claiming responsibility for the previous Batman’s death. While he promised Bruce that he won’t kill, Damian still does it when he deems it necessary.
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