When Dick Grayson was young, we was part of a team called "The Flying Graysons". With his mother and father, they together formed the Flying Graysons. One night, however, everything changed for him, when his parents fell to their deaths. He not only had witnessed a man, Tony Zucco by name, inside the tent where he shouldn't be, but also threatening the owner if he didn't pay for "protection". Dick went to stay at Wayne Manor. He learned about the ware-abouts of Tony Zucco, and tried a hopeless attempt to handle him in his own way. Tony Zucco got away, and Dick became frustrated, venting his anger out on Batman. (I'm getting this from "Robin's Reckoning" parts 1 and 2) Batman then took him to the batcave, revealing his secret. He then became Robin for numerous amounts of years. Even when he was in college, he would help out once in a while. But he began to grow older, and more frustrated with living in Batman's shadow. He wanted a life of his own, and soon walked out on Batman. He began to see the world and learn things (this is from the Lost Years). It was when he was discovering the world and different lives did he take on his own identity as Nightwing. From time to time, he comes to help Batman when it gets a little rough around the edges. But now, he protects the city of Buldhaven. He's grown, still fairly young, and ready for anything to come his way.