Dick, you’re so spoiled.
#honestly dick #i mean really #he’s such a rich kid though #like he’d totally deny it because he’s from the CIRCUS #but in reality he’s basically been a billionaire since he was eight #damian is the most spoilt no-one can argue with that #but i think dick and tim really do take being incredibly rich… well #not exactly for granted #but they’ve never had to worry about money themselves ever and that obviously gives a certain perspective #on life you know #obviously they’re batkids they’re hardly sheltered #but it wouldn’t really occur to them that having no money is a thing that could happen to them #(jason is a whole nother story but these tags are long and stupid enough already)
It isn’t really true that having to worry about money is something Dick’s never known, though. In New Teen Titans #60 (I don’t have a scan, but I’ve just read this recently so you’ll have to believe me), there’s this scene where Mr. Haly is telling Dick about how even in the “good old days”, the circus was barely breaking even in terms of money. And if the circus was barely breaking even, the performers were getting paid next to nothing, including Dick and his parents.
I wouldn’t necessarily say Dick worried about that (Mr. Haly comments in the same scene that no one cared if the circus was struggling because “we were having fun!” which is, I think, the attitude Dick was raised to have about money - it doesn’t matter how much or how little you have, as long as you’re doing something you love), but his family did struggle financially somewhat. He certainly wasn’t poor on the level of Jason, or even Steph, but the Graysons weren’t exactly rolling in spare cash, either.
I think a lot of fans tend to assume (see: this post, for example) that because the Flying Graysons were so awesomely talented they must have been totally rich and famous, but the canon doesn’t really support that, IMO. There doesn’t seem to be much canon evidence that they were necessarily even particularly well-known, and it’s outright stated that the circus struggled financially. I mean, the thing is… show biz isn’t an easy business, and being awesomely talented isn’t necessarily a guarantee of financial security. Even Harry freakin’ Houdini had times when he was down to his last five dollars.
That doesn’t negate the privilege that Dick came into when Bruce took him in, but it’s still a necessary distinction that, unlike Bruce and Tim and Damian, he wasn’t born into that privilege. (Something Bruce outright states in this scene - “Dick wasn’t like me. He didn’t come from a world of privilege.”)
What is true is that Dick has something of a “rich-boy” attitude in that he has no problem solving problems by throwing money at them, and I could find you example after example of that. (“Haly’s Circus might be going out of business? No problem, I’ll just buy it!” “Bounty on Amy’s head? No problem, I’ll just pay more!” “Oh, and Bruce, could you just buy me this building? And this one and this one and this one. You’re the best!”)
It’s interesting because as a rule, Dick doesn’t seem to like the idea of living off of Bruce’s charity (one of the reasons he works for a living, even though he has no financial need to), but when he sees a way that he can use money to help someone or facilitate his work as Nightwing, he has absolutely no problem asking Bruce for huge sums of money - or using his connections.
I tend to think wealth and privilege are things Dick isn’t entirely comfortable with - he’s more at home in a small apartment than a mansion - but he also has no problem using them to his advantage, especially for something he considers a good cause. In that second aspect, he’s a lot like Bruce, who (IMO) sees money mainly as just another tool that can be useful in his larger mission. The difference is that Bruce, having been born into a life of wealth, feels more natural in that lifestyle than Dick does.