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''That's my boy'' by JessKat-art ''That's my boy'' by JessKat-art
Old art from 2006.
 
 
Inspired by the Teen Titans episode "The Apprentice, Part 2". In the episode Slade forces Robin to work for him as his apprentice by threatening to kill his friends. At one point Slade mentions that in time Robin might even learn to look at him as a father figure. To which Robin replies: "I already have a father". Cue dramatic music and bats flying out into the night. :batman:

There is also a scene where Robin has to steal from Wayne Enterprises, which is of course the company owned by Bruce Wayne, aka Batman. I read an interview with the makers once where they pointed out that Slade is essentially forcing Robin to not only betray his friends but also his mentor, Batman. Robin is torn between loyalty to the man he looks up to and the villain who has the power to destroy his friends with the push of a button.

I wanted to portray the differences between what Batman and Slade have to offer. Batman's hand is stretched out in a helpful gesture, as if to lead Robin back to the right path, whereas Slade's hand is clutching a little device of death, finger hovering over the trigger.

The title of this pic is one of Slade's lines in the episode.
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Daviddv1202 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
Oh my word! I really love your design for Batman! It would've been awesome to see him make a cameo on the show.
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boylov Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
batman's chin is killing me! XD...no offense. O_O
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Daydream-Silverbird Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome!!!
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LouisiannaLane Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
I missed the days when i got obssessed over Robin
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Rahula87 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful i love the colours and differences between what Batman and Slade have to offer to Robin. That old good days.
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ChibiNinja017 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool!
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ElVibora Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015
Slade: Who knows I may even become like a father to you.
Robin: I already have a father
*Bats fly out of the building*
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hollyparry Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014
I remember reading about some comics that Slade also goes by another name called Deathstroke, the Terminator and is also an enemy to Batman. I can only imagine what the fight would be like between Batman and Slade.
Robin seems to always be struggling with two sides of himself. I remember the 2 part episode "The Apprentice" where Slade tricked Robin's friends in a trap they didn't know about, and forced Robin to be his Apprentice. The first time I saw that, I honestly thought someone was going to die. It was also where they came so close to seeing Slade's face, but he escapes to cause trouble another day. Slade is definitely more evil than any other force from another world.
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OsmiumMachine Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I know Batman isn't the greatest surrogate parent on the Planet, but he's A MILLION TIMES better than Slade :P
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TT-Beastie-95 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Totally Awesome dude! :)
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TheReal-RedX Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
That's really awesome! Great job! ;) (Wink) 
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crazyferretfun Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool nice detail
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Linkzilla Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
Just gonna put this out there; Batman should've appeared in the Apprentice Part 2. I mean seriously - they were hinting the fuck out of him in the episodes to begin with.
When Robin was forced to work with Slade, a silent alarm could've gone off, signalling Bruce back in Gotham that Robin was in trouble. It would've been an awesome ending.
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AvaWerewolf Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Student General Artist
I agree that adding batman to the story would have made it far more awesome and would have helped out Robin a ton, but I feel that as Robin moved through the series he's been growing from sidekick to hero. I believe that's why Slade's character contradicts Robin's, Slade forces Robin to step down from his hero stature back to the level of sidekick.
Robin Talking SLade TT 33 s 
I often like to entertain the idea that Batman was aware of Salde taking on Robin as his apprentice and he must have believed that Robin could break free of Slade without help. Although if Robin should fail to break free of Slade and succeeded him, following Slade's plans, Batman would come and first try to talk Robin back into sense before being given no choice but to stop Robin himself...
Batman Emote 
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Linkzilla Featured By Owner Edited Jul 25, 2014
Gee - I never thought about it like that. If I've learned anything about Deathstroke - Slade - it's a running theme I see in his appearances is that he likes to "hurt" his enemies emotionally before he actually fights them. Maybe going after Robin was his way of trying to get at Batman. Kind of like saying - I'm going to take everything you care about and make it mine. But what he didn't count on was that Robin was coming into his own as a Hero himself; he didn't count on Robin fighting back.

But still, I guess I wanted Batman to appear to make it alright again. I have a theory that Teen Titans - is connected continuity-wise to Batman The Animated Series. Partly due to an episode of Static Shock where Batman implies that Robin is "With the Titans" when asked why he's not around anymore.
But mostly due to the episode of Season Five "Go", that explains how the Team began, it shows Robin as mostly dark and brooding - and when he's asked about Batman, he says he works alone now.
It reminded me of "The New Adventures of Batman" - the sequel series to the Animated Series. One episode "Old Wounds" acted as a throwback to the TAS Series that explained that Robin and Batman were growing apart, and not revealing that Barbara Gordon was Batgirl was the final straw. He quit and left Gotham to reestablish himself in a new city as Nightwing.

So you can see why I'd connect the two - the only real difference is Cosmetic, as the two Robins character designs are different. But I feel that - judging by attitude and the particular robin costume, that both Robins are Dick Grayson's character. That and the fact that Robin does eventually become Nightwing in "How Long is Forever".

The reason I wanted Batman to make an appearance at least some point in the series, because I know that Robin and Batman ended on bad terms. I wanted him to appear so that they'd be forced to confront what happened, and maybe reconcile. AND have the obligatory scene where Batman expresses how proud he is that Robin has really come into his own as a hero. Maybe it could've come later in the series, but I feel like Apprentice would've been perfect.
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Mudstorm15 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful.
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IronBatMaiden91 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
It really sucks they couldn't actually include Batman in the series! That would've been freaking amazing!!
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crazyforchocobos Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013

This is one of the reasons I wished Batman could have been in Teen Titans EVEN if was for only one episode. Once The rest of the Titans realize that unless Robin does what Slade wants or he'll hit the button of death, contact Batman, let him know what's going on, and we all know what would happen next: Slade gets the living crap beaten out of him to within an inch of sanity.

 

And...for Static Shock fans...there actually were plans for a Teen Titans Static Shock crossover. I wanted to see that episode.

 

and this is just something that got me brainstorming but how cool would it have been for the Titans to take on The Joker?

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ragdollfun Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
Robin doesn't have much luck in the father figure department...
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bananaba Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
XD I remeber that epsode
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kateboat Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Man, this is so cool! I haven't watched TT in ages. ;-;
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Phenometron Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
Excellent artwork here depicting Robin being torn between Slade and Batman.
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fanfics4ever Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
seriously, Robin breaking into one of his buildings? Why didn't Batman go and investigate?
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LuminaBalderson Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
He probably did off-screen and chewed Robin out for it.
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fanfics4ever Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Robin- he was going to KILL my friends, Bruce! What else was I supposed to do?
Batman- come to ME! I could've HELPED!
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LuminaBalderson Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
That would've been great to see in an episode.
Heck, Batman needed to cameo in Teen Titans, if only for this very purpose.
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fanfics4ever Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
contract issues, maybe...
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LuminaBalderson Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
Still, it would be epic to see...

You know, I think the reason why Slade didn't appear for a while after the Apprentice episodes, is because Batman beat the sh*tout of him because of what he did to Robin.
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fanfics4ever Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Batman- you're welcome, Robin! ...ungrateful brat...
Superman- uh, we helped, too, Bruce... even Aqua-man attempted to drown him!
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LuminaBalderson Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
:)
I would pay to see that.
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Be-Spontaneous Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Truely epic :D
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HopeGrayson412 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG that is so good and really cool! XP
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BlondieGurl1129 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love that scene Cx i love the symbolism you used ;)
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starsister365 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
wow ilove the way the costumes blend
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123arskas Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
You Should Create TeenTitans and Batman ( Together) Series i guess :D It would be awesome
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:iconfairytail-dragongirl:
Really nice concept and artwork.
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Demcalor Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
is robin having a hard on???
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Moonfang77 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really good. And its true. I'm glad Robin is back on the good-side!
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constantron Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice colouring and poses :D Cool idea!
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KickingKoryAnders Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Personally, as much as I love Batman and how awesome he rally is, I'd love to have Robin hang out with Slade-- maybe it's because I ship Robin and Slade... maybe not! Good drawing!
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YaoiGrr Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
This is the single best thing I have ever seen in my entire life...
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sumeyyerox1 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
o ya and i luv this pic
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sumeyyerox1 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
teen titans will always be in our hearts. but hey teen titans is coming back next year in 2013 but in chibi form.
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areeta9 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hopefully they don't screw it up
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RenTheReaper Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I miss that show...
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Maygirl727 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
THIS IS AWESOME GIRL! I never noticed that refrenece. luckily, I'm re-watching the series, and the epipsode might record.
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CHiKa-RoXy Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hm. I find it intresting that you dre half and half. One half is "Batman's boy" the other is "Slade's boy". LOVE IT! :L
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rekka007 Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
dang i like
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oHmega14 Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is epic
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Sawnii Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Student General Artist
wow!:heart:
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