|Nightwing saves a man and woman from a sand pit|
“Their tears of joy don’t stop as they suck in night air. They hug me for a half an hour until they stop shaking. Another day, another life. In the end, that’s all that counts.” —Nightwing
—Nightwing: The Great Leap
Oh. My. Goodness. Because you realize that HE WOULD let them hug him for half an hour. Because that is just how Dick Grayson does hugs.
Get out Batman. Just get out.
Dick Grayson is a beautiful human being. He lets these people cling to him for as long as they need. What a kind an loving person. Nightwing doesn’t need superpowers because he is so possessed of compassion and a genuine love for humanity. Dick isn’t beautiful just because he looks nice in his costume. He’s pretty, sure, that’s nice. He’s beautiful for his courage, his capacity for forgiveness and acceptance. He’s my hero.
Filed under: Reasons why Dick Grayson is the most awesome person in the history of the planet and you should all adore him like I do.
Let’s all just take a moment and appreciate the fact that this man was raised. By. Batman. BY BATMAN. By Bruce Wayne, who although a wonderful hero in many ways, is kind of terrible when it comes to things like friendliness and emotional expressiveness.
But Dick is not like that at ALL. Dick LOVES people. Dick goes out and he saves people, and he uses the skills that Bruce taught him, and in some ways it looks like he’s just doing the same thing that Bruce does, but THIS is why I will never understand the people who say that Dick is just “Batman Lite”. Because if that’s what you think, then you’re not getting it. You’re not getting it at ALL. Nightwing may be a non-powered normal who saves the day mainly through his intelligence and training, like Batman, but those things aren’t what define the type of hero that he is. What defines the type of hero that he is is his warmth. His love of humanity. His deep empathy for other people.
THAT is why I’m such a huge fan of Dick’s. It’s not because I think he’s super cute. It’s not because he can do awesome acrobatics. It’s because he has one of the biggest hearts in the DCU. Because he is the kind of hero who would let two complete strangers hug him for half an hour after he rescues them. Just because they need it, and he’s there to protect them, not just physically but also emotionally. Because “in the end, that’s all that counts”.
If that’s not heroism, I don’t know what is.