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Comicbook: Teen Titans Go!

Teen Titans Go! is a comics series that ran for 55 issues from 2003 to 2008, based on the animated series Teen Titans, itself based on an older comics series of the same name. Like the cartoon, it is animesque and intended primarily for pre-teen boys, but did not shy away from somewhat darker material as the series progressed. It featured one-shot gags in the page margins presented by chibi versions of the cast, as well as continuations or expansions of plotlines from the series. Most issues, however, presented stand-alone plots.

As expected, the series features the Teen Titans: Robin, Starfire, Beast Boy, Cyborg, and Raven, five young costumed superheroes, and their adventures in Jump City. Some issues shift the focus onto secondary characters such as Larry and Terra, or even villains like the HIVE Graduates, in addition to some characters from the original series who did not appear in the cartoon, such as Rose Wilson, Geo-Force, and Wonder Girl.

If you're looking for the 2013 semi-revival cartoon, go here. And not to be confused with the comic book with the same name based on the revived series which DC Comic so wonderfully decide to name without wondering if that would be confusing for fans who like this comic book series.

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  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Although a minor character that wound up not amounting to anything beyond a cameo, Aquagirl (as opposed to the earlier "Gill Girl" in the run) was greatly revamped when she made her debut. Her hair went from being brown to a deep green, and her blue eyes became gold... along with suddenly becoming blue-skinned, having webbed hands and feet, and some gill markings on her face.
  • Adaptation Expansion: Backstories, expanded filler, and even post-Season 5 ideas are given deeper detail all throughout the comic's run.
  • All There in the Manual: The name of the city was never stated in the series proper. The tie-in comic named the city as "Jump City" and the fandom took this and ran with it.
    • The comic also confirms that Robin is Dick Grayson, parents being trapeze artists, murdered during the show, trained by Batman and all.
  • Alternate Universe: Issue 48, "Wrong Place, Wrong Time", goes through a few of these in an attempt to get Killowat back to his own world, starting with the world of the Teen Tyrants.
  • Animesque
  • Art Shift: From issue to issue due to a rotating number of artists.
  • Ascended Extra: Remember that goth kid from "Sisters"? He and Raven are dating.
  • Backstory
    • Issue 45 covers Beast Boy and Cyborg (two-parter).
    • 46 covers Starfire while also introducing her long-lost brother, Wildfire.
    • Half of Issue 47 covers Robin.
    • Issue 51, Metamorphosis, covers Terra and her brother Geo-Force.
  • Baseball Episode: 33, "The Strangest Sports Story Ever Told". Which, amusingly, features a Shout-Out to the Young Justice comic with the same plot:
    Raven: Please. You got this idea from... some old comic book.
  • Book Ends: See that cover in the page image? Here's the cover of the final issue.
  • The Cameo: One of the issues include a cameo by Batman himself, watching the Titans from afar and proud on what Robin has become.
  • Canon Foreigner: It features some newly-created villains exclusive to this continuity (and who never got to be in the show), such as the Kwiz Kid (a teenage Expy of the Riddler), Kid Kold and Ice Kate (younger counterparts to the Flash Rogues King Cold and Golden Glider), and the trio of Rock, Paper, and Scissors. There's also Aqualad's friend Gill Girl, who appears to be a cross between Aquagirl and Lagoon Boy.
  • Christmas Episode
  • City of Adventure: The city from the series is finally named here: Jump City.
  • Dial H For Hero: Issue 52, period. The Dial's stealing other Titans' powers for Robby to use, instead of granting him whole-new ones, though. Robby gives the dial up once he finds out.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Issue 41, "Bad Girls", introduces Pink X, Mad Maud, Joystick, Marionette, and Daughter Blood. They're all the same girl, though: Killer Moth's daughter Kitten.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Issue 41 and Issue 44 show that Kitten doesn't just use her father, Killer Moth, to get what she wants all the time; she does sincerely love him too.
  • Excited Show Title!
  • Expy: Ice Kate and Kid Cool are teenage versions of Golden Glider and Captain Cold.
    • The Kwiz Kid is basically a younger Riddler, and Gill Girl is a mashup of Aquagirl and Lagoon Boy (an actual version of Aquagirl would later be briefly seen towards the end of the series as an image on a screen, as well as in a chibi gag).
  • Fish Person: Gill Girl from issue 10.
    • The version of Aquagirl seen in issue 50 and the chibis seems to be a less extreme example, falling somewhere between looking like a fish person (with gills, webbed feet and blue skin) and being more humanoid (with her face and hair).
  • Freudian Excuse: Red Raven, in her self-titled issue 44 (a continuation of 42), attacks and destroys anything having to do with fathers (Founding Fathers display at the museum, Fathers Day gifts at stores, etc.).
  • Give Her a Normal Life: When Geo-Force finds out whats happened to Terra, he doesn't bother revealing himself to her, noticing it's the first time he's seen her happy. Terra, spotting and recognizing him, watches as he leaves.
  • Humongous Mecha: Issue 9 introduces the Titans Go-Bot 5, which the team uses to fight Gizmo's giant robot. It's later used to fight a Professor Chang-controlled Beast Boy, a.k.a Garsaurus Rex.
  • Last Episode New Character: Cassie aka Wonder Girl 2 who shows up in the next to last issue of the series. She does get a cameo in the final issue however.
    • Flamebird and Mirage also show up as new Titans in cameos in the final issue, although an alternate future version of Mirage appeared in an earlier story (issue 48) and Flamebird had a brief cameo in issue 50, on a screen showing potential new Titans (along with GO! versions of Azraelnote , Aquagirl, and Golden Eagle, who otherwise never got roles in the series). Two Titans named "Soldier Boy" and "Soldier Girl" also cameo in the final story.
  • Legacy Character: An interesting variation: issue 54, "Makes You Wonder", features Cassie Sandsmark attemping to usurp Donna Troy's position as Wonder Girl.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In "Magic and Misdirection", Mumbo opens a trap door that makes Beast Boy fall out of the panel. Starfire and Terra follow, and we're treated to a few pages of them wandering around the borders of the page while Super-Deformed.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: 38, "It's a Mod, Mod, Mod, Mod World"
  • Magic Skirt: Weirdly disregarded for issue 20; turns out Blackfire wears shorts under her skirt.
  • Mars Needs Women: Or rather Braboldian scientists want superpowered females for their experiments; issue 36, "Troy".
  • Me's a Crowd: "Pieces of Me": Raven's "emoticlones" are let loose by accident and several of them run amuck throughout the city.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Issue 18 has Larry put the Titans "all back the way you should be":
      • Starfire acquires her mainstream version's hair and exclaims "X'Hal!"
      • Beast Boy gets his old Doom Patrol costume.
      • Robin gets an older version of his costume. With no real pants.
    • Raven gets a lampshade hung on her more goth-like appearance.
    • There's also the Terror Titans of Issue 48, three of whom are Red Robin, Arsenal and Tempest — the same names used by certain older versions of Robin, Speedy and Aqualad. As their team name indicates, they're decidedly twisted versions.
    • That same issue features Raven opening doors to various alternate realities, including the original-flavor Teen Titans from the Silver Age and, in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it peak, Secret and Lobo of Young Justice.
    • In issue 39, a Valentine's Day issue, Speedy and Chesire get hit by an arrow and fall in love. In the comics, they briefly fell in love and had a child together.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: According to the Wildfire issue, Blackfire has sold off Starfire to the Gordanians to keep them from invading Tamaran. Watching the episode "Go!" from the main cartoon shows how well this turned out.
  • No Nudity Taboo: Starfire, according to the end of Issue 8.
    • Although she may not have been aware she was naked.
  • Race Lift: Although a minor example (as the series was cancelled before he or others could be developed), the cameo of Golden Eagle falls under this. In the original DC Comics, he's a blond Californian teenager. In Go, he's revamped to be an Egyptian boy, probably to tie him better into the original Hawkman mythology.
  • The Reveal
    • Issue 16 has a pretty big surprise for the Titans, especially Beast Boy. The child Starfire has been spending the day with at the mall, trying to help him find his parents? He's their ally Wildebeest!
    • The first half of issue 47, "Regarding Robin", reveals without a doubt that Robin is in fact Dick Grayson.
    • According to "Metamorphosis", the schoolgirl is Terra. Geo-Force can tell.
    • Ravager, aka Rose Wilson, aka Slade's daughter appears and attacks the Titans, then joins them. It makes you wonder what Season 6 might have been like...
  • Rise of Zitgirl: Raven in issue 5, "Monster Zit".
  • Secret Legacy: Terra, as it turns out she's a princess of a kingdom.
  • Shipper on Deck: Starfire pretty vocally ships Cyborg/Sarah Simms, playing Cupid for them and arranging their date in the Valentine's issue of Teen Titans Go! (#27).
    • Robin takes Starfire on a date in issue #4, with Beast Boy and Cyborg following along to annoy him with advice.
  • Shout-Out
  • Snap Back: There are stories that clearly take place after the fifth and final season of the show, and yet nearly every villain in the show's run was frozen in the end...
  • Super-Deformed: Other than the margin-gags, there's also issue 18, "When Chibis Attack". Raven even explicitly refers to their tiny counterparts as "chibi".
  • Take That, Audience!: In "Stupid Cupid", Raven remarks on how all the "shipping" is stupid, after Larry attempts to pair up all the Titans with each other. Depending on the fan, it was either taken as a cathartic jab at shippers or condescending and insulting to fans.


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