Robin is The Leader of the team. Trained by Batman, he manages to keep on an even keel with a team of metahumans through his intelligence, tactical skills, martial arts prowess and, when it all boils down to basics, enough pure crazy to frighten the four of them if he really cuts loose. Robin left his position as Batman's sidekick and moved all the way to Jump City to start working solo, only to end up taking charge of the Teen Titans on his first night there and deciding, afterwards, that heading a team might not be so bad after all.Robin is, at heart, a fairly normal teenager, enjoying hanging out and chilling as much as his comrades do. However, he's Batman's ex-sidekick, and this means he shares his mentor's fixation on discipline and hard work, which can put him at odds with his more relaxed teammates. He's also got issues of his own, namely a tendency to fixate on problems to such an extent that he stops paying attention to anything but "the mission", which has damaged his friendships on more than one occasion. Despite this, he is loyal to his team and takes threats against them seriously indeed.The creators are ambivalent about which Robin precisely he's supposed to be, with Word Of God being that he's more supposed to represent "Robin in general" than a specific member of the Batclan. That said, the show has enough Mythology Gags and several hints that many assume him to be Dick Grayson, the First Robin. It should also be mentioned that he's explicitly revealed to be Dick Grayson in Teen Titans Go, the comic series based on the cartoon, though YMMV on it's canonicity.Powers and Abilities: Badass Normal with a variety of weapons and devices.
Amazon Chaser: Some of the things he likes the most about Starfire are "the way you shoot starbolts, that you're brave, and the strongest girl ever."
Crazy-Prepared: Half-subverted in that he has a very specific range of gadgets instead choosing to apply them in creative ways... but when he made the Red X suit he included a lot of anti-Titan gadgets, a fact that gets lampshaded when someone steals the suit and uses it on them.
Morality Chain: The rest of the Titans in general ground him, especially Starfire.
Not Himself: When he has visions of Slade and starts acting crazy.
Not so Above It All: A straight-laced and serious leader a good amount of the time, but still capable of being as goofy or awkward as the rest of the Titans.
Not So Different: From Slade, though as he notes, he has the one difference that matters: His friends.
One-Man Army: Stated by the Master of Games in "Winner Take All."
Only Sane Man: With Cyborg and Beast Boy constantly fooling around, Starfire getting excited with just about everything and misunderstands the rest, and Raven in a corner being quiet, Robin often ends up like this.
Standardized Leader: Varies. He'll often come off like this in episodes that focus on other members of the team, but the ones that focus on him tend to make him a much more nuanced character than this trope implies.
Token Human: The only vanilla human member of the team.
Understanding Boyfriend: In the episode where Starfire turns into a chrysalis, Robin chases after her, even after seeing all her weird changes. Later when he meets up with her again, he tells her he would have come for her even if she hadn't changed back to looking perfectly normal.
Technically the reason the Teen Titans exist in this show, Starfire is the second of the three children of the Royal Family of Tamaran. When her planet was attacked and devastated by the Gordanians, Starfire's elder sister Blackfire made a peace settlement with the invaders by giving them her younger sibling as a slave. Unfortunately for her captors, Starfire, while apparently rather naive and gentle by Tamaranian standards, was too much for them to handle, breaking loose and flying to Earth. There, she had an... interesting meeting with the other future Teen Titans, who came to her defense against the Gordanians. Like all her species, Starfire can fly, is super strong, is extremely durable, and can hurl energy blasts called "starbolts."Starfire is a strange mixture of personality traits; most of the time, she acts quite gentle and demure, possibly due to expectations of Earth culture and desire to better assimilate in her adopted home, but when the need arises she can be as much the fearsome warrior as any of her comrades. Starfire is deeply fascinated by Earth and enjoys learning new things... perhaps partially because it gives her an excuse to get closer to her leader.Powers And Abilities: Flight, superstrength, projecting "starbolts" from hands and/or eyes, able to survive in the vacuum of space, learning languages by kissing.
Adorkable: Comes off as this with her slightly broken English.
Alien Lunch: Has some weird tastes in Earth food — admittedly, some of it is because she's not a native and so doesn't truly know what humans eat, but she's also got some very strange eating habits (like considering mustard a drink). Her friends treat her as something of a Lethal Chef whenever she tries to cook a Tamaranian meal for them.
Bond Breaker: A rare heroic example, and an unintentional one at that. After Starfire goes through time while fighting Warp, she disappears from the rest of the Titans' lives. What was a few seconds for her was twenty years for the rest of the team, and none of them handled her absence well since she balanced them out.
Exposed to the Elements: When the other four Titans bundle up when in arctic areas, Starfire still wears her usual outfit with no discomfort. The only piece of winterwear she put on was a hat. This is because Tamarians can survive in space without protection so artic areas are no trouble.
Granola Girl: Shows signs of this, though she's still getting used to our planet and doesn't really have the finer points down. She doesn't quite have the diet part down though; known for eating many a bizarre food, when they actually go to Tamaran she's shown to have the same level of table manners as the rest of her people (none) and much of their food appears to still be alive.
The Heart: "How Long Is Forever?" establishes that she's the emotional crutch holding the team together.
I Am A Monster: In "Transformation", Starfire thinks herself as this during her metamorphosis, fearing that her final transformation will cause her to be too hideous to be seen with anyone else, even her friends. Afraid her friends will view her as a freak, she chose to isolate herself in outer space. Fortunately she reverts back to her old self.
I Did What I Had to Do: In "Haunted", Starfire had no choice but to knock Robin out with a starbolt to the back when he went as far as to threaten the others that he'll take them down should they get in his way of finding Slade.
Proud Warrior Race Girl: Taken to greater extremes in the Whole Episode Flashback "Go!" which was how the team got together. She's far more angry and prone to violence than the Starfire we're used to (helps that she's in the middle of escaping a life of slavery) and when she learns English, she says the closest word her race has to "kindness" is "weakness". Somewhat disconcerting, considering that basically everyone on Tamaran besides her sister is a good-natured Boisterous Bruiser at the worst.
The son of two scientists studying wildlife in Africa, Beast Boy was infected as a child with a mysterious disease, the experimental cure for which gave him the ability to turn into any animal, but permanently dyed him green. His parents drowned in a boating accident — Beast Boy being too inexperienced to save anyone but himself — and he was subsequently adopted by the Doom Patrol. It wasn't a stable family, and Beast Boy subsequently ran away after he hit puberty.Beast Boy is the unofficial comedian of the team, though most of his teammates consider his typical array of jokes and pranks to be pretty groan-worthy, and it's implied that, like his comics counterpart, he's one of the "jokes to hide the pain inside" types. Whether he is or isn't, he is the youngest, in terms of behavior, of the team, obsessed with video games and goofing off, which means he's often chewed out by Robin. A devout vegetarian: as he has beenjust about every animal under the sun, he finds eating any kind of meat to be too similar to cannibalism for his liking. (Though it might be more accurate to a call him a vegan- he eats tofu eggs rather than regular ones in "Nevermore"- but the show always refers to him as a vegetarian.)Powers And Abilities: can change into any animal, living, extinct, or alien, so long as he knows what it looks like, plus extra-powerful Beast form from "Beast Within" onwards (his use of animal forms is less a limitation and more a personal style).
Adorkable: Watch him interact with non-Titans. In fact, even with the Titans, he's endearingly awkward.
Beware the Nice Ones: Especially if you're a member of the Brotherhood. In fact, as goofy and playful as he is, he still manages to be effective.
He was able to take on Slade single-handedly when sufficiently enraged. Never cross a guy who can turn into the most dangerous animals ever to walk the earth at will.
He caused Trigon a bit of pain with a wet-willy-inspired attack. OK, he had actually changed into a whale inside his head, but he still got the idea from the wet-willy and called it his 'patented wet-willy maneuver'.
The Big Guy: Variation. He's the shortest and skinniest member on the team, but he often relies on brute force.
Book Dumb: Clearly not the most book smart of the Titans, but he can be an effective leader when he gets serious.
Brainwashed: Whilst the other four core members have also fallen victim to this special mention goes to Beast Boy who tends to fall victim to it more often and far more easily, which in itself became a Running Gag in the first Mad Mod episode.
Chivalrous Pervert: In the movie, he gets his own legion of Japanese fangirls, and enjoys it very much.
Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He really gets to show how badass he can really be in Season Five. Despite being the Plucky Comic Relief, he's quite possibly the most powerful and least inhibited of all the Titans. He managed to foil the Brotherhood's plot to capture him, then successfully organized a counterattack against them with only a handful of people before the rest of the Titans came through in a Big Damn Heroes moment.
It's worth pointing out that he and Robin are the only superhero veterans on the team.
Genre Savvy: He spends his free time playing games and watching TV. It saved the day once against Control Freak.
Shown most in "Fear Itself." He knows full well that splitting up when horror movie stuff has happened is the absolute worst thing you can do and that the comic relief guy (him) is always the first to go. And he's right, though no one gets hurt.
Let's Get Dangerous: Since he can't speak while shifted (unlike in the comics), it comes across that when he's in his animal forms, the jokes are over and he means business. And by "business", we mean kicking your ass.
The Movie Buff: He's a major fan of various movies, especially science fiction ones. In Control Freak's second episode, this provides him with a piece of trivia that enables him to turn Control Freak's TV-based powers against him, as he had picked up an obscure weakness in the process.
My God, What Have I Done?: Though understandably emotional, he makes the grave error of giving Terra a Heel Face Door Slam after learning that she betrayed them. He spends most of "Aftershock Part 1" agonizing over this decision and trying to make things right. He fails... at least until the next episode.
Pointy Ears: Chicks dig 'em. Or at least they do in Japan.
Real Men Eat Meat: Inverted; While he sometimes tries to act especially tough, being able to turn into any animal, even carnivores, leaves him perceiving eating any meat as cannibalism. Funnily enough, in "The Beast Within", when some chemicals make him more aggressive, he says "real men don't eat tofu" and devours Robin's ham-and-eggs breakfast.
Straw Vegetarian: Downplayed; despite being devoutly vegan (see Real Men Eat Meat) and often pointing out that he only eats meat replacements, he doesn't get preachy about this.
Superpowered Evil Side: Gains one in "The Beast Within," to an extent- the Beast is certainly his most powerful form, but isn't "evil" so much as amoral and uncontrollable- more like The Incredible Hulk than Raven's inner demon.
The half-human daughter of Arella Roth, a human woman who managed to find her way to the other dimension of Azarath/a native of Azarath (the show isn't clear) and Trigon the Terrible, a dread and powerful demon lord who intended to use Raven to open a portal that would allow him to enslave Earth. As a result of her race, Raven has powerful telepathic and psychokinetic abilities that are destabilized by her emotional level — in other words, if she fails to keep her negative emotions (positive feelings are okay or else Beast Boy would have been the source of about six Apocalypses throughout the show's run) tightly in check, her psychic power runs rampant, breaking and destroying her surroundings until she calms down. Presumably due to her birthplace, she is also versed in a wide variety of occult lore and a skilled practitioner of magic. She also has the power to astral project, dispatching her soul from her body to teleport herself or others, and to heal, though it's left unclear if these are Psychic Powers innate to her or mystical powers she has learned from her studies.Because of her background and powers, Raven is a solitary, quiet individual who prefers to avoid interacting with others much, but displays a biting, acerbic wit and a love for sarcasm when she does.Powers And Abilities: Flight, telekinesis, teleporting, Healing Hands, empathy (though much less prominently than her comic counterpart), telepathy, general magic
Character Development: Here's a big indicator of how far she's gone. In the earlier episodes, she's seen with her hood up nearly all of the time, even when she's with her friends. As the seasons go by, she wears it less and less.
Defrosting Ice Queen: For a good part of season 1, she's always seen with her hood up. As her defrosting progresses, she starts having her hood down not only amongst the Titans, but often when she's alone in public as well.
Ghost in the Machine: The episode "Nevermore." With color coding for your convenience, of course - the pink, giggly Raven, the grey, shy and apologetic Raven and the green, energetic, Cute Bruiser Raven. In a later shot, there are also brown, orange and yellow versions, which combine to form a white Raven, and when her inner demon is defeated it turns into a red Raven.
Mind Rape: Victim of Slade, perpetrator against Dr. Light. As a Continuity Nod, the first time he reappears, all she has to say is 'remember me?' when he causes trouble and he'll volunteer to go back to prison. Though he apparently gets over it off-screen, as he shows no such sign of being scared of her like that afterwards.
Missing Mom: Arella. However, she was seen again in the story Red Raven, when Raven sought her advice in a restored Azarath.
Most Common Superpower: One of the changes from the comics, where Starfire was voluptuous and Raven was flatchested — here, it's the other way around.
Nightmare Fetishist: She collects some creepy-looking things in her room, though presumably these are magic-based; "Fear Itself" has her wake up from a nightmare and note she should consider redecorating.
In "Larry", she finds the world redecorated by a Reality Warper Johnny Rancid to be "cool".
At the end of the episode featuring Malchior, she decides to get involved in a game of "Stankball", using her Mind Over Matter to mercilessly pummel Cyborg (off-screen) with a gross ball of stinky old socks.
After Cyborg's failed recon mission in the third season, she's an active participant in making him redo his humiliating Titans initiation.
In "The Quest", she joins the other Titans in dressing up in Robin's spare costumes.
While their canonical connection is dubious, the "New Teen Titans" comedy shorts take this to the extreme in the episode "The Burping Contest" where, after initially being grossed out, an irritated Raven uses her powers to create a city-shaking belch that leaves the other Titans covered in soot after even Starfire joins in the titular contest.
The Quiet One: Sometimes even speaks less than ten lines in a couple of episodes.
Rei Ayanami Expy: Although the character of Raven from the comics came at least 15 years before Rei Ayanami, it's pretty clear this animated incarnation of the character follows the archetype, especially since the series is Animesque. Quiet? Check. Pale? Check. Created by her dad to cause an apocalypse? Check.
Squishy Wizard: Not hugely squishy — she has some martial arts moves — but she's still the most fragile of the Titans in direct combat (barring Beast Boy's base form, which he doesn't fight in anyway) and tends to hang back to cast magic rather than jumping into the thick of things.
Town Girls: The Neither to Starfire's Femme and Terra's Butch.
Tsundere: Surprisingly, when her emotions are more visible, she's actually more like this than Kuudere. She lacks a lot of the blushing or the sideways glances, or any of the typical stuttering, so it's hard to notice at first.
Vapor Wear: When she has most of her clothes torn off in "Birthmark," there isn't a bra to be seen. This, however, is Truth in Television; wearing a bra with a leotard would be redundant, as they're made to cover the "underwear" aspects that would otherwise be unseemly in a skintight outfit.
Vitriolic Best Buds: With Beast Boy. Their relationship goes like "Slap Slap Support" and "Slap Slap Commiserate post-after an evil magic tries to use Raven as a pawn."
Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: 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 season 4. Things get better, naturally.
Wrench Wench: Surprisingly. It's easy to miss, as it only came up once, but still.
As a teenager, Cyborg was hideously mutilated in a car accident. Fortunately, his parents were foremost experts in cybernetic enhancements, so they integrated their son with a variety of advanced robotic components in order to save his life. For quite some time afterward, he was despondent about his change, and even in the series he remains somewhat unhappy with the loss of his normal life. But he retains a strong zest for life and devotes himself to making the best of his situation, to the extent he usually appears much happier than Robin does. As a cybernetically augmented human, Cyborg has several built in weapons (mainly a sonic cannon), the general resilience you'd expect of someone who's only partly squishy flesh and covered in armor, and super strength, as well as a considerable IQ that he puts to use as a Gadgeteer Genius.Powers And Abilities: Super strength, armor, various built-in weapons and devices, great skill with machines
Achilles Power Cord: In a Bad Future where the titans ended up splitting. Cyborg was the only one who stayed on the tower because he had long since burned up all of his internal batteries, so he had to be constantly plugged to a large machine to keep functioning, and couldn't go anywhere. He repairs them at the end of the episode, and Starfire returns to her time, possibly preventing said future from happening in the first place.
Good Thing You Can Heal: He sustains more graphic damage than any of the other Titans partly because of this and partly because said damage is arguably G-rated due to his mechanical nature. He's also the only Titan to suffer realistic dismemberment.
Humans Are Special: Despite being a cyborg, he exmplifies this in some ways: When he fights with Atlas, it's his humanity that allows him to push past his theoretical limits and win. Furthermore, when Brother Blood tries to brainwash him, it's the human being in him and not the machine that allows him to resist.
I Am Not Left-Handed: Though it's never explicitly pointed out, he can form his Sonic Cannon from either arm, and in extreme cases both arms at once. He just prefers to use the right, because he's right-handed.
I Just Want to Be Normal: As mentioned above, becoming a cyborg put the kabosh on a normal childhood and he misses the chance. Seen best when he infiltrated the H.I.V.E.
Innocently Insensitive: He calls Starfire "Troq" after she told him it meant "nothing" (without explaining that it meant "nothing" as in "worthless"), meaning he didn't realise how hurtful it was.
The Lancer: He's taller, darker, and more laid-back to contrast Robin's serious-as-a-heartattack demeanor. He's also the Number Two.
A metahuman with insect-like wings capable of flight and the ability to shrink to a miniature size, Bumblebee also uses a pair of hand-held electric dart-guns as "stingers." Initially met Cyborg as part of Brother Blood's HIVE Academy, she joins him in taking it down, claiming that, despite appearances, she wasn't totally brainwashed by him and had, in fact, been planning on taking the crime-school down from the inside. She later becomes The Leader of Titans East.Powers And Abilities: Flight, shrinking/growth (though apparently no bigger than her normal human size), electricity-producing "stingers"
A denizen of Atlantis, Aqualad's relation (if any) to Aquaman is never mentioned in the series. Able to breathe underwater, communicate telepathically with sea creatures, and a potent aquakinetic, Aqualad initially operates as a solo hero, but later becomes a member of Titans East.Powers And Abilities: Water breathing, telepathy with sea animals, aquakinesis, superhumanly skilled swimmer
The Ace: In his intro ep. He's less so afterwards, possibily because he had trouble adjusting to a team.
Always Someone Better: Was this to Beast Boy in his first ep. BB was so excited that the team was going on their first undersea adventure because he figured that with his ability to turn into any aquatic animal, he'd be the most important hero on this adventure. Then Aqualad shows up and completely upstages him without even attempting to.
Similarly to Robin, Speedy is a former "costumed hero" sidekick who has since decided to make it on his own, only to become involved with a Teen Titans team.Powers And Abilities: Badass Normal specialized as an Archer with normal and "trick" arrows
Young Guatemalan twins who speak only Spanish, these meta-humans have the ability of super-speed, but only while physically touching each other. They are recruited to be part of Titans East, but no other details about them are given.Powers and Abilities: Superspeed, Twin Telepathy
The Big Guys: Ironic considering they're so tiny but their speed lets them build up momentum to pack a serious punch.
Meaningful Names: "Más y Menos" means "plus and minus" in Spanish. It's also a pun on the Spanish phrase for "more or less."
Motor Mouths: Naturally, being speedsters they have a habit of talking fast.
Single-Minded Twins: They shout the catch phrase at the same time. More importantly they have to be on the same page if they're to properly use their powers.
Twin Telepathy: Slightly complicated example. Although Pantha attributes Más' ability to sense Menos to being a "Twin" thing, Más explains that it's actually a result of a magnetic connection that gets stronger with proximity.
Weaksauce Weakness: Their powers only work while touching. Easiest way to disable them: separation. Then again, that's not exactly the easiest thing in the world to do.
Perhaps the most divisive character in the series, Terra was envisioned as a Lighter and Softer adaptation of the infamous "Judas Contract Arc" character, who was a stone-cold psycho hired by Slade from the beginning to infilitrate the Teen Titans and managed to creep him out. The animated Terra, on the other hand, was envisoned as a more sympathetic, confused character — Word Of God describes her as no longer caring about good or evil, just wanting to no longer be hurt.According to theTeen Titans Go! comics, Terra was born Tara Markov, a princess to a small country called Markovia, and whose royal scientists experimented on her and her brother to imbue them with geokinesis (the psychic ability to manipulate earthen materials) as part of a project to create metahuman defenders. Terra escaped and abandoned her country, but, perhaps as a result of this, her ability to control her powers was limited — Slade mentions, in her debut episode, a history of having attempted to settle down and do good, but causing disaster when her powers invariably went out of control. When she first met the Teen Titans, the possibility of her finally finding a home arose... but her paranoia meant that she would destroy this chance, and her friendship with them. However, the episode "Things Change" and issue 51 of the Teen Titans Go! comic also revealed that Terra's tragic "death", due to Power Incontinence, had not been permanent, and that she was happily living life as a normal Schoolgirl, with no desire to return to either villainy or heroics.Powers And Abilities: Geokinesis. As Slade's apprentice, wore a special suit that created a telepathic link with him and enhanced her powers (but also allowed him to remotely control her).
Broken Bird: Terra has a Dark and Troubled Past involving human experimentation, inadvertently causing disasters due to being possessed of seemingly uncontrollable powers, and being persecuted by people for causing disasters. Add in Slade and, well...
Composite Character/Expy: Before Deathstroke's daughter appeared in the animated series continuity proper, Terra's character combined elements of Rose Wilson and Tara Markov, particularly the abusive relationship the comic version of Wilson had with her father, and the long, blonde hair of Wilson's that fell over one eye, creating a visual comparison with Slade.
Cute Bruiser: Her geokinetic powers make her one of the more offense-orientated members of the team.
Does This Remind You of Anything?: A lot of Terra's behavior (fear of intimacy, inability to settle down, paranoia, self-destructive tendencies, exaggerated startle response, desperate yearning for approval from a mentor figure that she knows will hurt her) are all very reminiscent of children who grew up in abusive households. Somewhat justifiable, given her own parents let their country's scientists use her as a guinea pig to induce metahuman powers, and she has been continually driven away by mobs of people for causing geological disasters.
Heel Face Door Slam: In the episode, "Betrayal". One of the bigger elements of debate in the series is whether or not it was justified; on the one hand, Beast Boy's declaration gave Terra the push to fully swear in with Slade, but on the other hand, she had already chosen to sell out the team and leave the rest of his friends to die against Slade's army of robots of her own free will.
Hypocrite: In Aftershocks Part I, she gets scared when the Titans reappear to take her down and resorts to begging them to stop and leave her alone, even going so far as to appeal to Beast Boy's crush on her. This, despite the fact that she willingly and gleefully did her best to try and kill them in the last episode.
Motif: Reflections and butterfly imagery play a large role in episodes and comics featuring Terra, symbolizing her ever-shifting sense of identity and self-image, and her eventual maturation into a confident, independent, happy young woman.
Never My Fault: Played for Drama. Terra's paranoia that others will blame her for disasters that aren't her fault, as they have in the past, leads to her refusing to accept responsibility for disasters that actually are her fault. Indeed, this is the ultimate root of her entire villainous arc; she chooses to go to Slade after believing Beast Boy "betrayed" her and then chooses of her own free will to repay her "debt" to Slade by infiltrating and betraying the Teen Titans. When Beast Boy understandably is enraged that she sold his friends out to Slade, she considers it justification to actively try and take the Titans down herself. When this leads to them retaliating and kicking her butt, she then tries to run away from Slade.
Averted when Terra finally takes responsibility for her mistakes in Aftershocks Part II, where she stops a catastrophic earthquake triggered by her powers, inadvertently turning herself into stone in the process.
Not So Different: To Raven. Episodes featuring the two highlight their many similarities and grudging friendship. It's Raven who accurately pegs Terra's aspirations to normalcy in "Things Change":
People Puppets: The battle suit Slade gave Terra was designed to do just this. It never occurred to her that he might take total control should she ever realize he was a Bad Boss. She manages to override it and finish him off.
Power Incontinence: Why she's broken and paranoid; she can't control her powers, and people have always lashed out at her when they realise that she is the one causing the disasters.
Selective Obliviousness: Played for drama; her paranoia is so bad that, in her first episode, she immediately leaps to the conclusion that Beast Boy betrayed her by breaking his promise and telling Robin about her Power Incontinence... as opposed to the more logical and obvious conclusion that Robin figured it out himself, due to A: being famously observant and analytical, and B: she had a rather blatant superpowered near-meltdown about five minutes beforehand, right in front of Robin. This leads to her running away from Titans Tower and right into Slade's hands.
Taken for Granite: The strain of using her powers to stop an impending volcanic eruption somehow causes a backlash that turns her into stone. By the end of season 5, she's reverted to normal and, presumably depowered, is now living a normal life.
That Man Is Dead: She tells Beast Boy the Terra he knows is now just a memory in her final appearance.
One-Man Army: Madame Rouge hypes Kid Flash up as being one of the harder team heroes to capture. Indeed, he spent the first half of his introduction episode screwing around with all of the Hive Five, a group of villains that even the Titans had trouble beating together.
A mysterious character whose motives are unknown, but vaguely seem to revolve around the conquest/destruction of Jump City, with more plans stemming from there. Slade is the first major antagonist of the series and appears in all five seasons in some form, and is a major villain in three, driven to recruit one of the Teen Titans as an "apprentice" in the first two seasons and an undead servant of Trigon the Terrible working for the promise of being restored to life in the fourth. A master tactician and a martial arts expert capable of defeating Robin easily, Slade is aided by hordes of robotic minions (even going to the extent of having "Slade-bots", or android stand-ins for himself to avoid being exposed to the risk of capture, ala Doctor Doom) and the services of three mutant metahumans; Overload, Cinderblock and Plasmus. Generally regarded as the villain of the show among fandom.Powers And Abilities: Badass Normal, genius-level intellect (seasons one and two) invulnerability, flight, teleportation, pyrokinesis (as Trigon's lackey)
Actually A Sladebot: Fond of using these as decoys, but the two most notable examples are shown in "Masks" and "Things Change".
Adaptation Distillation: Most notably, emphasizing the character as a planner and a Big Bad, making him more subtle and menacing than his counterpart.
Also notably with his name. In the comics, he was usually known simply as The Terminator untill a certain movie came out. Then, an old codename he'd had, Deathstroke, was dusted off and he became known as Deathstroke the Terminator, which sounds literally like overkill. In the comics, Slade is just the character's real first name. Even most comic fans agree that simply calling him Slade is a distinct improvement.
Always Someone Better: Robin has frequently proven himself a skilled and capable leader of the Titans, but Slade regularly overpowers and defeats him with ease.
Arch-Enemy: To the team as a whole, and Robin in particular.
Bad Boss: When Terra was ambushed by the Titans, she was forced to pull out in spite of Slades orders. Once she got back, he beats her down. Next we see of her, she's missing pieces of clothing, her skin is periodically bruised and her bandages were ripped out.
Big Bad: Seasons One and Two, with a strong influence even after.
Bond Breaker: Very much adept at getting the Titans to turn on each other.
Manipulated Terra's insecurity over his powers by training her himself. Once she got her powers under control, she was sent back to the Titans and reaffirmed her friendship with them, but with a catch - she was sent as The Mole.
He left a chemical reagent in a mask that Robin kept. Once Robin picked it up, it infiltrated Robin's brain, implanting an illusion of himself into Robin's mind. The more Robin fought, the more realistic and harmful the hallucination became. The other Titans couldn't see Slade, so they thought Robin turned paranoid, and it prompted Robin to alienate his friends before all was said and done. All that physical and psychological damage nearly led to the Titans losing their leader and their friendship falling apart, the closest Slade's ever come to victory.
Laser-injects nanobots into the Titans' blood streams, repeatedly tortures them through those machines, and blackmails Robin into serving as his apprentice under the threat of murdering his friends.
He created a neural suit that attaches itself to Terra's nervous system. It's impossible to remove, and it allows Slade to control her for whatever he wants, regardless of her will. Every time he controls her, she's visibly twitching in pain as she struggles to resist.
Brandishing a spikey, electric knife and shocking Robin while he was strapped to a hospital bed.
Combat Pragmatist: He couldn't defeat the Gatekeeper one-on-one, so he planted a bomb on the door, causing an explosion that killed the guard and released the souls within it, including the one belonging to Slade.
Comic Book Movies Dont Use Code Names: Or comic book animated series, in this case. Probably a combination of Never Say "Die" and the fact that "Deathstroke the Terminator" fits comic Slade (a mercenary killer) much better than his animated counterpart (a mastermind who generally avoids getting his hands dirty, though he's more than capable of doing so if neccessary).
The Corrupter: Seasons One and Two. Not so successfully with Robin, much more so with Terra.
Crazy-Prepared: He's essentially played like an evil version of Batman (which makes him such a good foil for Robin), and naturally he has a significant fanbase because of it.
Genius Bruiser: He's a master planner and manipulator as well as one of the strongest characters in the series.
Genre Savvy: He's able to predict Trigon's backing out of their deal and makes his own preparations.
The Heavy: He may only be Big Bad of the first two seasons (and the three subsequent Big Bads all rate higher on the Sorting Algorithm of Evil in different waysnote Brother Blood has more individual power, the Brain is physically weak but has a global organization and more expansive plans, and Trigon is a demon lord who personifies evil and is packing enough power to fry the planet it seconds) but he appears more often and has a more personal enmity with the team than any other villain, and is generally the villain who is most strongly associated with the show. Being a major Knight of Cerebus also cements his stature.
Post Mortem Comeback: After his death in the second season finale, one of his masks was confiscated by Robin. Slade left a chemical substance in the dust that infiltrated Robin's central nervous system, forcing Robin to see, hear and feel Slade, even when he wasn't there. The more he fought the illusion, the more harmful it became, but it could only be seen in the dark. It led to one of the best episodes in the series' run.
Also occurs in that he literally comes back as a servant of Trigon. In fact, the above event foreshadowed this when it turned out the dust was activated by a radio signal from outside the Tower.
Shadow Archetype: To Robin (both have very similar personalities and skills, but Robin uses his to protect the innocent while Slade uses his to commit crimes and acquire power) and Raven (Raven is a demon by birth and a heroine by choice; Slade is human by birth, harbinger of the apocalypse by choice).
He also serves as this to Batman; a skilled, manipulative, and intelligent mentor but while Batman had the best intentions(for the most part), Slade is frequently abusive and treats his proteges harshly.
Smug Snake: In the first two seasons, though he's still very threatening and tries to learn from his mistakes.
The Sociopath: Shown clearly in season four when Robin points out how he has no remorse for ruining others lives for the sake of his own benefit, Slade's response is "It's what I do best."
The Spook: Unless you infer he has the same origin as his comic counterpart, there's no backstory to him whatsoever. We never get a good look at his face or even learn what his endgame is (beyond finding an apprentice). He's just a guy with Ron Perlman's voice being as creepy as humanly possible.
The Stoic: There's a grand total of one short diabolical chuckle that he does in all of his appearances and even then, it sounds unnatural and creepy. There are also a few instances where that eye of his widens or when he loses his cool.
Villainous Rescue: In "The End Part 3" after the Titans (minus an age-regressed Raven, who is deemed no threat) are captured in an energy field by Trigon, a flaming demon weapon-wielding Slade appears out of nowhere to attack Trigon, freeing the trapped Titans.
Knight of Cerebus: Even more than Slade. If Trigon's involved, bad, bad things are in store. To put things in perspective, he only appeared in five episodes (six, if you count "Nevermore") and all of them were among the show's darkest, creepiest, and most intense.
A mysterious thief who stole a suit and indentity Robin had previously used to get close to Slade. On no one's side but his own.Powers And Abilities: Badass Normal, various anti-Titans weapons in the suit, low-powered flight and cloaking
Breakout Villain: The character himself starts out as Robin's alter ego, but gets more fleshed out as a separate character who stole the suit from Robin, providing an opposite motivation not only to the heroes but the villains as well.
Charles Atlas Superpower: Again, presumably. Despite the apparent lack of superpowers, he shares Robin's inhuman fighting skills.
Gentleman Thief: Red X doesn't go after innocent people or put them in harm's way. He also actually does seem to care about whether or not a city full of people is going to be disintegrated because of a psychotic villain, as well as whether or not Robin is going to fall to his death.
What Happened to the Mouse?: According to this screenshot◊, he joined the Brotherhood of Evil; that's him standing in front of Cinderblock. However, he was nowhere to be seen in the final showdown with them later, implying he either quit the organization or abandoned them outright. Given his selfish personality (and the fact that his "just a thief" nature doesn't at all fit their agenda), he was probably never loyal to them in the first place. Probably just joined up to swipe some of Brain's technology.
Wild Card: Could help the villain, could help the hero, or could screw both of them over if it benefits him.
Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: The Teen Titans Go! comic revealed she was the one who had given Starfire to the Gordanians as a peace offering to keep them from invading Tamaran. If you saw the episode "GO!", you can figure what happened after they left the planet.
Big Bad Wannabe: His technology is actually quite powerful, and every so often he'll use it effectively, only to be shortly thereafter undone by his own ineptitude and/or his crippling phobia of Raven.
A Mad Scientist, his daughter, and her boyfriend. Scheme to take over the city. Would likely succeed if they had a better gimmick and Kitten wasn't a spoiled brat. As is, they're comic-relief villains.Powers and Abilities: Killer Moth: Flight, genetic engineering Kitten: None Fang: Giant spider for a head, which allows him to crawl on walls and shoot webbing and paralyzing poison.
Adaptational Badass: Arguably, this is the most threatening incarnation of Killer Moth throughout the various DC Universes and since he's still comic relief, that's saying something.
Daddy's Little Villain: Kitten doesn't surpass her father in ambition, but in conniving and jerkass-ness. This is a girl who came up with an elaborate scheme putting the entire city in danger of being eaten alive by giant bugs to get her boyfriend to take her back.
Half-Human Hybrids: If Killer Moth's appearance isn't solely from a costume, then Kitten, though she doesn't look it in the slightest. Also, Fang has a Giant Spider for a head.
Interspecies Romance: If you don't count Trouble In Tokyo, Kitten and Fang (though nobody can be completely sure on what either of them actually are) are the only characters in the show who kiss onscreen.
Took a Level in Badass: Kitten takes one in her brief appearance in "Calling All Titans"; she gets to control moths and fight with a laser whip like her father.
Took a Level in Kindness: In Kitten's second-to-last appearance in the Go! comics, the Titans help her resolve some Daddy Issues she has with Killer Moth. She actually seems grateful, and in her final appearance, she's shown to be a civilian contact to the Titans on their communicators, indicating she at least respects them a little now.
What Happened to the Mouse?: Her appearance in "Calling All Titans" is left on a cliffhanger note for Starfire... and it's never seen how that's resolved or where Kitten went.
A Sealed Evil in a Can dragon trapped in one of Raven's spellbooks, who tricked her into thinking he was a Sealed Good in a Can (and falling in love with him) so she'd set him free.Powers and Abilities: Flight, superhuman strength, impenetrable scales, fire breath, encyclopediac knowledge of magic, manipulative genius (all but the last two are when released only)
Badass Grandpa: Averted, as Mad Mod is only a physical threat when he can suck out someone else's youth; everything else he does turns out to be either the result of machines he controls or purely fake.
Disco Dan: "Mods" haven't been in fashion since the 1970s.
Evil Brit: Played to the hilt for comedy purposes.
Mad Scientist: He did create all of his robots, hypno-screens, illusion worlds, and life draining tech after all. Though he seems less mad than bitter about his old age and envious of the Teen Titans for that reason.
The Man Behind the Curtain: He's actually a frail, pathetic old man hiding behind holograms to make himself seem young, cool, and awesome.
A geekish villain wannabe who is obsessed with TV, video games and everything else geek culture-related.
Arch-Enemy: Sees his relationship with the Titans as this. However, he's the only one to believe it.
Ascended Fanboy: Though a villainous version, it's quite obvious he's a big fanboy of the Teen Titans; the Titans East even lampshade it.
Awesome by Analysis: He attempts this in his third appearance, where he reveals he has passed his time in jail analyzing the Titans' powers, then developping exactly the weapons and gadget required to counter their powers. Unfortunately for him, he comes back right when they're absent fighting the Brotherhood of Evil, leaving to replace them the Titans East, whose powers and weaknesses don't match Control Freak's gadgets at all. He then takes some time to analyze the Titans East's weaknesses, and devises new challenges based around them.
Big Bad Wannabe: He believes himself to be the Titans' archenemy and tries hard to be one, but they barely aknowledge him as a villain, and don't even bother putting him on their enemies' list (despite Puppet King, a one-shot villain, being listed on it).
Not So Different: He and Beast Boy have almost identical tastes in popular entertainment. This makes Beast Boy the Genre Savvy one when it comes to battling Control Freak.
Not So Harmless Villain: He's actually quite the competent Gadgeteer Genius who can turn out to be a real threat, as shown in his second appearance and during his second confrontation with the Titans East.
The leader of the Doom Patrol and the go-to nemesis for the Brain.
Arch-Enemy: His venom towards the Brain is especially palatable.
Character Development: After spending the better part of two episodes being an unwavering dictator, he finally relents after Beast Boy chews him out over his command style. Best shown when he says "I'll let it slide" after seeing the Titans join the fight against the Brain against his orders in the finale of the season five premier.
General Ripper: A rare heroic example, and easily one of the more self-destructive out there. His entire character arc centers around relentlessly pursuing a vendetta against his long-time nemesis, which almost results in the destruction of his team.
Grumpy Bear: He's rather sour, due to his intense focus on finishing the mission, though he gets better.
Raven: Not just the Tower. He's targeting the entire city.
Mento: Now you see why I have such a problem with this guy?
Leeroy Jenkins: Which nearly screws his entire team over. Beast Boy chews him out over it, which gets him to relent.
Mr. Exposition: Homecoming Part 2 starts off with Mento explaining the Brotherhood of Evil in full.
Shadow Archetype: Mento takes Robin's obsession with "the mission" and churns it up to borderline Knight Templar levels. Extremism aside, the biggest difference is that, while Robin is more focused on winning, Mento seemed more concerned about just doing the mission.
The Unfettered: He puts the mission above everything else. It isn't until he's right at the edge of death that he calms down.
The cyborg teammate, whose real name is Cliff. Not known for strategy.
Head of the HIVE in season three, and Cyborg's Arch-Enemy. A powerful psychic with a flair for Mind Control.Powers And Abilities: Mind Control, telekinesis, teleportation, superstrength, photographic memory, energy blasts. As a cyborg, gains all of Cyborg's powers as well.
Badass Grandpa: Blood's age is never explicitly stated, but if his physical appearance is anything to go by, he's at least in late middle-age. He's also one of the deadliest hand-to-hand combatants on the show.
Doppelgänger: He becomes obsessed with Cyborg to the point of wanting to be him. At first he just wants to dissect Cyborg to figure out why he can resist mind control, then he wants to steal Cyborg's technology to use it as a weapon, duplicates Cyborg's tech to create an army of robots, and finally he undergoes automation so that he can literally become Cyborg himself. It's very unsettling, to say the least.
Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: In the comics, Blood was a cult-leading Evil Sorcerer; here, the source of his abilities is more vague, but since he's never shown using any of the same trappings as the explicitly magical characters, it seems at least as likely that he's just a natural-born telepath.
Field leader of the HIVE. A minor Reality Warper who only creates bad luck. Ultimately switches sides.Powers And Abilities: Hex blasts which can cause bad luck or general destruction, acrobatic and martial-arts skills
Characterization Marches On: In the beginning, she wasn't shown to be that different from Gizmo and Mammoth. "Lightspeed" is when she really shows her distinction as being more passionate and ambitious.
Composite Character: A very unusual case. The basis of her powers comes from an obscure villain named Jinx from Adventure Comics (who is male), while her gender and role in opposing the Titans from the more well known villain sorceress named Jinx.
The Dog Bites Back: Madame Rouge should not have slapped Jinx around; It's part of the reason she pulled a Heel Face Turn, as well as basically telling Madam Rouge to screw herself;
Jinx: "I don't care who you are, no-one messes with me!"
Dude Magnet: Three guys have been attracted to her over the course of the show (Cyborg, See-More and Kid Flash).
Evil Counterpart: To Raven; both use dark magic, both have issues with their abilities, but where Raven (mostly) keeps them under control, Jinx seems to think that she's supposed to be as 'bad' as her powers are.
Heel Face Turn: Lampshaded when she mockingly asks Kid Flash if he is trying to convert her and make her see the error of her ways. Ironically, that's exactly what happens.
High Heel Face Turn: The sole female of the HIVE Five group ends up joining the Titans in the end.
Although it's impossible to tell what her race is here since it's never revealed if her chalk white face, shoulders, and hands is due to heavy makeup, is some side effect of her powers, or if that's just her natural skin color.
Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Gizmo's a master at this. He swears a mile a minute, but it's all childish swears. For example, he loves calling his opponents "barf brain" or "crud-muncher", accuses things he doesn't like of being "snot", and at one point he even swears, "What the hairball?!" He uses this pseudo-swearing so often in his lines that he successfully gives off the same foul-mouthed impression that he'd give off if he were swearing for real.
Villain Has A Point: Like any other villain, Mammoth trash-talks heroes, but, just one of those times, he's actually right in one of his critiques. When Kid Flash was messing with the Hive FIVE in "Lightspeed", one of Kid Flash's tricks was to take a sandwich from Mammoth as he passed him... but Mammoth shouts that he actually paid for the sandwich!
Conservation of Ninjutsu: A strange example that both subverts and plays the trope straight. The subversion is that whenever Billy Numerous creates his clones, they are all as dangerous as the original one is. But it's played straight in that he does in fact have a "cap" on how many "original strength" clones he can create: if he is tricked into making too many clones at once beyond that "cap", as the Teen Titans manage to do once by creating holograms of themselves to trick him into making too many clones to fight them all, eventually the clones will all become weak and Billy Numerous can easily be defeated.
Early-Bird Cameo: Like the other HIVE Five members below, he appears in the crowd shots of “Deception” before becoming a minor villain.
Me's a Crowd: His entire gimmick, and in his hands it's a surprisingly dangerous one (he even manages to give Kid Flash a tough fight with it).
Spanner in the Works: A villainous example, once. Specifically, in "Titans Together", Beast Boy's original plan was for Jericho to possess Cinderblock and then have Cinderblock escort the Titans as "prisoners". The possession part worked, which is how they found out the Brotherhood of Evil's base was in Paris... but Private HIVE messes up the "escort inside the base" part when he praises Cinderblock for making a nice catch, causing Jericho-as-Cinderblock to say "Thanks" and thus cause Private HIVE to realize something is wrong since normally, Cinderblock can't talk.
Arch-Enemy: To Mento. Beast Boy also comes to consider him an Arch-Enemy across the course of season five, but it's one sided- Brain has no respect for him whatsoever, and seems only marginally aware of who he is.
Failed a Spot Check: What eventually causes his plans to unravel. He coordinates a humongous assault against the Titans, Titans East, and Honorary Titans, choosing a supervillain or two to take on each hero. Only some of the supervillains he chooses succeed in beating the heroes they're matched against, however: Beast Boy manages to beat the Kardiak Monster as well as Brain's robot drones, Pantha beats both Atlas and Adonis, Jericho beats both Fang and Private HIVE, Herald beats both See-More and Warp, and Mas manages to escape Cinderblock and Johnny Rancid because they only noticed Menos in the rubble of their attack. Furthermore, Cyborg recovers from the hole Mammoth knocked him into, Billy Numerous and Gizmo never manage to capture Kole or Gnarrk, Brain failed to send anyone after Red Star, Raven manages to escape Psimon's portal that Kyd Wykkyd knocked her into, Starfire manages to get away from Kitten and Killer Moth, and Bumblebee manages to recover from Angel and Punk Rocket knocking her out of the sky. Needless to say all of these people show up to screw Brain over and unfreeze the heroes he did manage to capture, which Brain would have seen coming if he had bothered to keep as careful track of his villains as he did of the heroes.
Fatal Flaw: It never occurs to him that any of his plans could ever fail because he's too convinced of his own genius, so if any do, he's caught off-guard and without a backup plan, forcing him to improvise, which he's not very good at doing.
The Brotherhood's enforcer. An incredibly powerful shapechanger with a Russian accent.Powers and Abilities: Voluntary Shapeshifting into anything she can imagine, abilitly to mimic voices, indestructibility