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  • Adaptation Displacement: The success of the series meant that the Teen Titans are Robin (specifically, Dick Grayson), Cyborg, Starfire, Beast Boy and Raven as far as most of the public is concerned. The comics have been around since the 1960s and have had dozens of members throughout the years, but good luck finding many people who recognize any outside the core five from the TV show. Most subsequent adaptations try to mimic this show's roster as a result, only swapping out a character or two.
  • Adaptation Distillation: Adapts and distills many elements from the Wolfman and Perez age of the comics, along with some elements from both before and after that period.
  • And the Fandom Rejoiced: This video for the DC Nation block of Cartoon Network shows scenes of chibi version of the The Titans. Extra rejoicing as it's in the same style of the show and has the same voices.
    • And what's better? It's becoming an actual show.
    • Ultimately subverted when it ended up becoming the much-reviled Teen Titans Go!.
  • Angst? What Angst?: It's revealed in the tie-in comic that Starfire's parents died after she was sent away as a slave by Blackfire to the Gordanians. This isn't brought up at all in the episode where she returned to Tamaran. Granted, the comic came out after the episode aired, but watching it again, it becomes particularly jarring considering that Starfire displays no form of grief. Blackfire's lack of grief is justified, though.
  • Awesome Music:
    • Mumbo's "Master of Your Fate" It's also an Ear Worm.
    • Terra's theme.
    • Everything from the "Aftershock" and "The End" multi-parters.
    • Here's one that doubles as a Crowning Moment of Funny: "When there's trouble you know what to dooooo... CALL CYBORG! He can shoot a rocket from his shooooe... CAUSE HE'S CYBORG! Nananana, something like that! Doodadoodah, BIG FLUFFY CAT!" (That's right!)
    • The third act of "Masks" has some of the most ominous background music in the show. Special mention goes to Slade's first full appearance, and then his first real fight with Robin.
    • The climax of the episode Haunted is perfectly spine-chilling.
    • Blink and you'll miss it, but when the Titans make a comeback during the big fight in the Grand Finale Titans Together, a badass remix of the main theme song plays, slower-paced and instrumental-only.
    • The song "Raining Down on the Fourth of July Parade" in the episode "Revolution".
  • Base Breaker: Terra, chiefly due to the Misaimed Fandom.
  • Bizarro Episode: At least once per season, with such episodes being telegraphed by use of the Japanese opening. Mad Mod's episodes fall into this, as do "Fractured" in Season 2, "Bunny Raven" in Season 3, "Don't Touch That Dial", "Employee of the Month" and "Mother Mae-Eye" in Season 4, and "Revved Up" in Season 5.
  • Can't Unhear It:
    • After this show, there's a very good chance you'll be imagining Khary Payton as Cyborg, Tara Strong as Raven, Greg Cipes as Beast Boy, Scott Menville as Robin and Hynden Walch as Starfire when you read the comics. The same goes for Ron Perlman as Slade.
    • I dunno, Bumper Robinson is who I imagine when I read a Cyborg comic...
  • Copy Cat Sue: There are increasing numbers of Terra/Raven clones in fanfiction.
  • Crack Pairing: In-universe, we have the Official Couple of Kid Flash/Jinx. While both characters are adapted from the comics, their ship isn't, and it's extremely unlikely to ever happen there. Cyborg even remarks on how weird it is that they've hooked up.
  • Creepy Awesome: Raven and Slade. Raven gets less creepy as the show goes on (not least because she's supposed to be one of the heroes of this show), but Slade gets more creepy as the show goes on.
  • Crossover Ship:
    • It's not uncommon to find Teen Titans crossover pairings, especially ones with Raven. Some the most popular Teen Titans crossovers are Terra/Ben Tennyson, Raven/Danny Phantom, Raven/Prince Zuko, Raven/Ben Tennyson, Megara/Speedy.
      • The Ben 10 and Raven ones are especially strange when you consider that the original, young Ben was also voiced by Tara Strong, the voice of Raven.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: In the third season episode "The Beast Within", it's hard to side with almost any of the Titans when they've all grabbed the Jerkass Ball and their actions only worsen the episode's situation.
  • Die for Our Ship:
    • Terra is not hated for her betrayal as much as she is hated for getting in between Beast Boy/Raven, even though Word of God states that there was nothing there but a close friendship.
    • Also, Robin/Raven fans towards Starfire.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The episode "The Beast Within" seems to resemble a PSA about steroid abuse, especially in the scenes with Beast Boy going into an animalistic rage in the gym. However, it has nothing to do with steroids whatsoever.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Slade.
  • Ear Worm: K2G from "Mad Mod".
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Blackfire, Larry, Más Y Menos, Kid Flash and Malchior are extremely popular with fans, despite their limited appearances.
    • With Red X's considerable fanbase being especially impressive, considering we never learn anything of his background, nor even his identity or real face. He's a character original to the animated series, and he only appears in two episodes, in only one of which is he a headlining villain.
    • Jinx is incredibly popular for being the only competent member of the H.I.V.E. Five - so, unsurprisingly, her Heel Face Turn in "Lightspeed" was very well-received.
  • Evil Is Cool:
    • Slade. He's a detestable person, but so awesome at being bad that it gets him a big fanbase.
    • This series actually managed to turn Killer Moth into a badass Evil Genius. He creates an army of moths that nearly has him ruling the world, and fights the Teen Titans without the need of any effort. Even his costume is cool.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
    • Blackfire and Madame Rouge.
    • Some found Terra to be sexy when she turned evil. Heck, even Slade has a reasonably large fangirl following, too!
  • Fan Dumb: A number of viewers insisted (and still insist) that Slade is in fact Batman and everything he did was merely to train Robin into becoming his own man. Even ignoring how largely out-of-character it would be for Batman to try to murder the Titans, beat Robin to the point of abuse, and make a Deal with the Devil, Slade was actually based on Slade Wilson, AKA Deathstroke the Terminator, a villain from the original comics.
    • Out of character for most Batmen, yes. Not so much for The GODDAMN Batman (also known as "Crazy Steve"). In any case, there was some teasing that it might have been Batman in the earlier episodes, despite how little sense that would make.
    • Many fans of the show have never even heard of the Teen Titans before, and had no clue that the cartoon was based on a comic book with nearly forty years of continuity behind it. This lead to many fans to make remarkably ignorant statements regarding the writers of the comic book "stealing" ideas from the cartoon...
  • Fanon Discontinuity:
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Hooo, boy. Beast Boy/Raven. It's the most popular couple on Fan and probably in the whole Fandom. Many fans seem to prefer Robin/Raven to Robin/Starfire, but the latter still has the largest following of the two, coming in second position, after Beast Boy/Raven. The third one is Robin/Raven, as previously deducted. Cyborg/Bumblebee are often paired in Beast Boy/Raven-Robin/Starfire fics, and a small portion of the fanbase prefers Cyborg/Jinx to Jinx/Kid Flash.
    • Fan Shipping even occurs in-universe in the episode "For Real". Apparently, one fanboy ships Starfire/Beast Boy, while another ships Bumblebee/Aqualad.
  • Follow the Leader: Try to find an American kids' action cartoon made in the past few years that does not take any cues from this series' success. It's not easy. Teen Titans solidified the trend of Animesque action-comedy kids' shows that run on Rule of Cool.
  • Fridge Brilliance: When Raven is not actively controlling her powers, they almost immediately become destructive. None of the other characters' powers really behave this way, suggesting that her abilities' default purpose is to obliterate everything in the general vicinity. This makes perfect sense... considering that her father is essentially DC Comics' version of the Devil.
  • Funny Aneurysm Moment:

Raven: "Remember me?"
Dr. Light: [appears terrified] "I'd like to go to jail now, please."

Starfire: "Robin... you are my best friend. I cannot be in a world where we must fight. If you are truly evil then go ahead... do what you must."

  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • Immortus has a very cool character concept - that they did nothing with.
    • Blackfire only appeared in two episodes and we never find out why she's so antagonistic in the first place!
    • On a more basic level, Starfire has a deep backstory, yet she never got a season devoted to her own growth the way the other four did (with Robin and Beast Boy getting two in that they tied in to Raven and Terra's growth respectively), while the most growth we got from Starfire was her relationship with Robin.
  • Tomato Surprise: The season 1 finale had a fight scene between Robin and the other Titans. Robin is being forced by Slade to become his apprentice, and the latter has made him steal something from a tech company. After he beats down his fellow Titans, the camera pulls back to reveal the building was a Wayne Enterprises one, meaning it was owned by his adopted father Bruce Wayne - AKA Batman. Not only did Slade force him to fight his friends, but he also made him steal from and assault employees of his own father, using techniques that he taught him.
  • Toy Ship: Beast Boy/Terra. Okay, so they're not kids, but they're still two of the youngest characters in the show.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Subverted on "Troq".
  • Ugly Cute:
    • Silkie might as well be the mascot.
    • There's also those little egg-headed aliens that worshiped Raven.
    • Monster!Starfire from the episode "Transformation".
    • Blackfire and Glgrdsklechhh's babies in "The New Teen Titans".
  • Villain Decay:
    • Brother Blood. Even though his power level actually seemed to go up with each appearance, his personality became increasingly hammy, petulant and single-mindedly obsessed with Cyborg, which noticeably hurt his overall effectiveness as a villain.
    • Also very observable with the H.I.V.E. Five. In their first couple of appearances, they're the Evil Counterparts of the Titans and can fight them evenly (and even beat them without too much trouble if they play their cards right), but as time goes on, they become complete jokes to the point that Jinx, who remained the most competent, decides to cut her losses and defect to the Titans.
  • What Do You Mean It's for Kids?: To an extent. On the whole, the series is pretty kid-friendly, but there are certain episodes that are very dark. "Haunted" stands out in particular, as well as the entire season 4 arc.
  • What Do You Mean It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Any episode with Mad Mod and "Employee of the Month", where the Villain of the Week was a cube of alien tofu that was stealing cows to fuel his starship and wanted to blow up Earth after he had enough cows.
  • The Woobie: Often Starfire. Beast Boy gets little bits of Woobification throughout the series, but season five really sticks it to the guy, especially when he finds Terra.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Terra and Raven. There are plenty of times where you just want to give them a great big hug. Raven is also an incredibly literal case of the trope name, as the reason for her birth is to let Trigon onto Earth and destroy it, something which eventually happens in the fourth season. Things get better, naturally.


  1. His mother is dead. Doesn't matter which Robin; his mother is dead.
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