Clyde Rawlins (Robin character) (DC Comics)

Clyde Rawlins


Mr. Rawlins appeared in the 1991 Robin mini-series by Dixon and Lyle. He was one of the key teachers who made Robin (Tim Drake) his own man rather than simply Batman’s sidekick.


  • Real Name: Clyde Rawlins.
  • Marital Status: Widowed.
  • Known Relatives: His wife and two baby daughters (All deceased).
  • Group Affiliation: Former DEA agent.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: 6’ Weight: 190 lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Black


Powers and Abilities

Rawlins is a veteran DEA agent with an impressive track record.

He also is a rough and explosively powerful street fighter and martial artist. His fighting experience and martial technique are backed by an excellent physical condition, and exceptional resolve. It’s not subtle, but he sure can take a beating or deliver one.

Beyond empty-hand fighting, Mr. Rawlins masters a wide array of weapons, from pump-action shotguns to nunchaku.


Rawlins was a good DEA agent, known for his courage and willpower. He also had a background as a streetfighter and free-form martial artist. But during the 1980s, his hard-nosed investigation ran him into boiling water. He crossed King Snake and his heroin trade.


Rawlins and his team hounded the Ghost Dragons for two years, all across the world. Their narcotics seizures were record-breakers, and their conviction rate was near 90%. However, that attracted King Snake’s personal attention. As a result, Rawlin’s wife and two baby daughters were murdered in their home.

Rawlins was now out of his depth. He tried to take down Snake or his lieutenants, but his efforts were ruined by British diplomats.

Two-fisted maverick ex-cop

Consumed by his desire for vengeance, Mr. Rawlins left the DEA. He swore to take down King Snake on his own.

Clyde Rawlins (DC Comics) (Robin miniseries) fighting Ghost Dragons

A clash with Ghost Dragons in Paris led to an alliance with Robin (Tim Drake). The two teamed up, and worked to counter King Snake’s plot to destroy Hong Kong. During that time, Rawlins taught Drake a more hands-on approach to street fighting. He also taught him to use anger and bloodlust in combat, though Drake didn’t agree with Rawlins’ philosophy.

Still, the former cop’s lessons were invaluable for Tim.

Rawlins and Robin eventually reached Honk Kong. They ended up attacking the headquarters of King Snake’s holding company. In the massive shootout that followed, Rawlins reached King Snake first. However, in a dark room, Rawlins didn’t have a chance. He was killed by Snake.

A few minutes later, Robin managed to knock Snake out of the building. Then Shiva let the crime lord drop to his apparent death.


See illustration.


Rawlins was a walking dead man. He lost it when his family was killed. He became consumed by his thirst for vengeance, and was wrapped around his pain and loss. He lost his center, and fell back on the anger and violence that marked his youth. Clyde saw these as the best approach to a cruel world.

Clyde Rawlins (DC Comics) (Robin miniseries) vs. Ghost Dragons with a nunchaku

His desire for vengeance sometimes looked like a death wish, driving him to take on overwhelming odds head-on without enough sense of self-preservation. Examples include his fight with the Ghost Dragons in Paris or his bullheaded one-man assault in Hong Kong.

His entire life being his pain, Rawlins was very private about his past. He resented Robin checking his DEA records since it took a bit of the only thing he had left, his story, away from him.

Clyde, being a 1980s action hero, had the usual macho ethos of the era.


“On the streets there’re no rules. No second chance. No warning. Graveyards are full of nice guys. Never threaten. Just act. Keep your mind on the grief you’re gonna give the other guy.”

“The ‘good fight’ ? The good fight got my wife and two baby girls killed. What’s so good about that ?”

“I’ll teach you how to fight. But there ain’t no art in it.”

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Agent Rawlins

Dex: 06 Str: 04 Bod: 05 Motivation: Justice
Int: 05 Wil: 04 Min: 04 Occupation: Ex-cop
Inf: 05 Aur: 04 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 003
Init: 018 HP: 020

Charisma (Interrogation): 05, Detective: 05, Martial artist*: 06, Vehicles (Land): 04, Weaponry (Melee, firearms)*: 06

None demonstrated.

Robin III (Low).

CIA toward his Revenge.

Real men have a pump action shotgun – [BODY 04, Shotgun blast (Range: 03): 06, Ammo: 07, R#03, Recommended STR: 02, Drawback: Very Long Reload].

If he is unarmed, he will procure a weapon from the first opponent he knocks out.

Game Stats — DC Adventures RPG

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Clyde Rawlins — Averaged PL6.8

02 03 02 03 06 02 01 02

Combat Advantages

All-Out Attack, Chokehold, Close attack 3, Defensive Roll 2, Improved critical 1 (Unarmed), Improved critical 1 (Shotgun), Power Attack.

Other Advantages

Benefit 1 (Former DEA agent), Equipment 2.


Athletics 4 (+6), Deception 2 (+3), Expertise (Narcotics detective) 7 (+9), Insight 3 (+4), Perception 4 (+5), Persuasion 2 (+3), Ranged combat (Firearms) 6 (+9), Vehicles 2 (+5) (Limited 1 to land vehicles).


Riot gun Ranged ballistic Damage 5, Diminished Range 1 ● 9 points


Initiative +2
Unarmed +9, Close, Damage 2, Crit 19-20
Riot gun +9, Ranged, Damage 5, Crit 19-20


Dodge 09 Fortitude 07
Parry 10 Toughness 03*/05
Will 04

* Without Defensive Roll


  • Crime buster Rawlins is at war against criminals.
  • Death wish, no moustache Clyde has a somewhat subtle death wish ever since the death of his family.

Powers Levels

  • Trade-off areas. Attack/Effect PL 7, Dodge/Toughness PL 7, Parry/Toughness PL 8, Fort/Will PL 6.
  • Points total 88 Abilities 42, Defences 18, Skills 15, Powers 0, Devices 0, Advantages 13. Equiv. PL 6.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Robin vol. 1 miniseries (DC universe).

Helper(s): Roy Cowan.