Dick as best character who’s been Robin:
- He helped found the DC Universe’s second most important super-team, and has been that team’s traditional leader.
- When called upon to take up Batman’s cowl, he was successful in the role.
- He understands Bruce better than just about anyone other than Alfred.
Tim as the best actual Robin tenure:
- He had his own series, story, and development for fifteen years, building up his own personal supporting cast and adventures while also being able to play sidekick as needed.
- He can match or exceed Batman’s capacity for strategy and detective-work.
- He has very approachable, level-headed attitude that makes him easy for the reader to identify with.
Jason had a lot of potential. If he’d gotten the investment and development Tim did, he probably could’ve been a better character. He just never got any really good story arcs as Robin, then came back as a homicidal maniac who thought the way to stop crime was being a gangster. Then the Bat-Family just kind of arbitrarily decided to put up with him despite his body count.
Stephanie was another case of squandered potential. Her tenure wasn’t quite as interesting as Jason’s, but she could’ve been as cool as Tim given some time.
Damian is a snotty little brat who thinks he deserves to be Robin because of who his parents are. That’s a shockingly self-centered, entitled attitude and it’s incredibly frustrating that writers seem to think he’s absolutely right. Despite his rage and violence, even Jason understands that the Bat-life isn’t about convincing everyone how awesome and important you are. He’s more interested in taking revenge on the world than in keeping people safe, but he still thinks what he’s doing is making Gotham a better place. I don’t think that ever got through to Damian.