Trolling Tim since ‘01
Can I just say how much I’ve really missed that first Tim? Like - he accepted the possibility that they wouldn’t want him back, and he was going to respect that. He knew he wasn’t perfect, he knew they could handle themselves.
And the sad part is, he thought maybe their friendship relied on him being a good leader; maybe it wasn’t strong enough to survive him not being as perfect as he strived, so desperately, to be.
And he’s elated when this isn’t the case. Not because it proves something, not because Robin deserves a team. Because his friends want him with them. They appreciate and adore him with all of his flaws. They know he makes mistakes, they know he’s just a kid, they know he’s not great with people, and that’s okay.
Awesome commentary! I think the thing about Tim that’s simultaneously very sweet but also very sad when you stop and think about it is that having people who like him (much less love him) is never something he takes for granted - he’s always just that tiny bit taken aback by it. And he works so overtime to be good enough because, I think, a part of him feels like having people love him is dependent on him “deserving” it.
Which, y’know, makes sense when you think of his family life. (One of the reasons I think his New52 retconned backstory re: his parents destroys a lot of what made Tim who he was.) Tim never felt like he could take his parents paying attention to him, much less being affectionate towards him, for granted, and I think that led to this mentality in general where even once he knows that someone loves him, he doesn’t quite trust that it’s a permanent thing. I think somewhere in the back of his mind, there’s always this fear that if he’s not good enough, he might lose that love.