Comic Book / Teen Titans Go!

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Teen Titans Go! is a comics series that ran for 55 issues from 2003 to 2008. It is based on the animated series Teen Titans, which itself is 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 H.I.V.E. graduates, in addition to some characters from the original comics 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. It is also not to be confused with the digital comic with the same title based on the revived series, officially termed by DC as TTG volume 2.

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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:
  • 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.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Issue 28 has the Doom Patrol sharing a lot of stories from Beast Boy's childhood with the Titans.
  • 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.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Gill Girl.
  • 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.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Beast Boy tells Dr. Light this when Dr. Light gets electrocuted trying to get Cyborg's battery's power.
  • Berserk Button: 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.).
  • The Big Race: Kid Flash versus Más y Menos in Issue #34.
  • Book Ends: See that cover in the page image? Here's the cover of the final issue.
  • Brick Joke: In one of the earlier issues, the Titans comment that Robin once gave a communicator to their mailman. Fast-forward to the issue introducing the Fearsome Five: Robin gives Jinx her communicator while the team comments in the background that he had to ask for it back from the same mailman.
  • 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.
  • Celebrity Paradox: Starfire is a fan of Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi. Since the Teen Titans don't have a cartoon for which the band recorded the theme, how exactly did they become popular enough in the West to get a cartoon?
  • Christmas Episode:
  • City of Adventure: The city from the series is finally named here: Jump City.
  • Crossover: With Dial H for Hero in issue 52. 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.
  • Crying Wolf: The effective plot of Issue #2, "The Beast Boy Who Cried Wolf".
  • A Day in the Limelight: Issue #30 has a story focused on Speedy and Aqualad.
  • Disappointed by the Motive: In Issue #41, Raven is disappointed that Kitten's evil alter egos were just a way to get her father's attention.
  • 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.
  • Engineered Public Confession: The Titans do this to Professor Chang, when he tries to kidnap Lightning and sell him to a Sultan as a fake genie.
  • 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, who debuts in issue 10 and has a couple of Cameos in later issues. She resembles the Creature from the Black Lagoon as a cute teenage girl.
    • 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).
  • Foreshadowing: Blackfire's choice of words in the beginning of issue 7 ("You are absolutely priceless, Starfire! This should be rather...rewarding!) are early hints on what she actually plans to do with her sister.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: See Naked People Are Funny below. The naughty bits are blocked, but still.
  • "Gift of the Magi" Plot: For Christmas, Beast Boy bought Cyborg stainless steel custom monogrammed hubcaps for the T-car and says they're for the new tires Cyborg just bought. Unfortunately, Cyborg returned those tires and used the money to buy Raven an antique made of genuine petrified wood from the black forest because her books are taking over her room. Ironically, she sold some of her books to buy Starfire a food processor in hopes it'll help her cook better. Cyborg even brings up The Gift of the Magi to describe the situation.
  • 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.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: Issue 23 has Control Freak try to hit Cyborg over the head with a dummy arm. Cyborg is not impressed and detaches his own arm to play the game too.
  • 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.
  • I'm a Doctor, Not a Placeholder: Dr. Light wants Cyborg's battery but doesn't know which part of the latter is it. He says he's a supervillain, not a mechanic.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Starfire does not react to ending up naked near the end of the eighth issue and is even oblivious of Cyborg and Robin staring at her with amused grins.
  • "Knock Knock" Joke: Beast Boy occasionally comes up with them.
  • Last Episode, New Character:
    • Cassie, a.k.a. 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 Azrael,note  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.
  • 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.
  • Least Rhymable Word: In Issue #42, Raven asks the readers "Why do poets hate the colors orange, purple, and silver?". The answer is "Well, you try coming up with rhymes for those words!".
  • Legacy Character: An interesting variation: issue 54, "Makes You Wonder", features Cassie Sandsmark attemping to usurp Donna Troy's position as Wonder Girl.
  • Lensman Arms Race: Issue #9 has one of these happen between Cyborg and Gizmo, with Fixit presiding.
  • Light Bulb Joke: Mumbo Jumbo asks "How many magicians does it take to change a lightbulb?" and answers "Depends what you want it changed to!"
  • 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 super powered females for their experiments; Issue #36, "Troy."
  • McNinja: At least one movie of the Super Ninja Fury movie series Cyborg and Beast Boy watch features Canadian ninjas.
  • 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 peek, Secret and Lobo of Young Justice.
    • In Issue #39, a Valentine's Day issue, Speedy and Cheshire get hit by an arrow, and fall in love. In the comics, they briefly fell in love, and had a child together.
    • The 36th issue has Robin work together with Speedy, Aqualad, Kid Flash, and Wonder Girl. In the original comics, they were the members of the first Teen Titans.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Everyone in Jump City (except Robin, Raven, and Cyborg) is naked by the end of issue eight. It Makes Sense in Context.
  • 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.
  • Not So Stoic: Stylistic choice here, but a lot of the more humorous issues feature Raven being happy and laughing alongside the other Titans, without any outside influence.
  • Off on a Technicality: In Issue #41, Killer Moth is free and says he paid his debt to society. Raven says he "got off on some pointless technicality".
  • Out-of-Character Alert: In Issue #42, after the Teen Titans think they got all parts of Raven's personality back, Robin finds it odd "she didn't so much as frown at Beast Boy" for causing that mess in the first place. The Trigon-eyed Raven is still at large and shows a "the end?" sign.
  • Poor Communication Kills: More like Poor Communication is Painful: The plot of Issue #6 "Storm" stems from Lightning fighting Thunder because the former misheard the latter as insulting him.
  • Powers as Programs: How the Master of Games' amulet treats all powers; in Issue #24, a plot by Katarou leads to the gem being broken and the five Titans' powers swapped between each other.
  • 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 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, a.k.a. Rose Wilson (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."
  • Secondary Adaptation: Teen Titans Comic -> Teen Titans Cartoon -> This Comic
  • Secret Legacy: Terra, as it turns out she's a princess of a kingdom.
  • Ship Tease: Between Beast Boy and Raven.
  • 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.
    • Issue #39 has Larry playing this for a lot of the Titans, and even steals Eros's arrows to make them real.
  • Shout-Out:
    Mallah: Okay, you ween! Zat plan deedn't work, but you must admit zat it was an amusing distraction... So, what are we going to do tomorrow night, Brain?
    Brain: The same thing we do every night, Mallah... Try to take down the Teen Titans!
  • 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.
  • Spanner in the Works:
    • Larry and his hare-brained Shipping scheme does this a lot to the Titan's attempts to stop Andre Leblanc in Issue #39.
    • In Issue #51, Phobia would've gotten away of trapping the Titans inside their worst nightmares, if not for Silkie hitting the Tower's wake-up alarm.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: An interesting example is given in the issue explaining the origins of Cyborg and Beast Boy. Cyborg's origin establishes that his mother is still alive and helped his father fit their son with his robotic parts even though she was killed in the same accident that injured her son in the original comics and is implied to be deceased in the animated series this comic book is based on.
  • 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, they might have either liked it, hated it, or felt indifferent.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: In Issue #31, a villain changes Robin's past to become his mentor and the other titans are helped by Good!Robin's future self a.k.a. Nightwing. During the epilogue, Beast Boy wonders how that Nightwing could exist at the same time as Bad!Robin and Raven handwaves it by saying they don't fully understand how Time Travel works.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Raven is a bit snarkier than she is in the animated series, most notably ranting on how pointless she considers such times of year as Valentine's Day and Halloween, even belittling her friends for expressing their enjoyment of the holidays.
  • Two Words: Added Emphasis: This line from Beast Boy when he and Cyborg are discussing two Super Ninja Fury movies and arguing over which one is better.
    Beast Boy: Two words, Cyborg: Canadian ninjas.
  • Up to Eleven: Lampshaded in Issue #38. Robin has figured out it'll take a really loud noise to foil Mad Mod's plan. Mod complains that his amps "only go to ten" but the Titans "are rockin' to elevan at least".
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: Killer Moth's daughter did what she did in Issue #41 to get his attention because he's distracted with some world domination plot.
  • Whole Plot Reference: One story is one for Almost Got 'Im, complete with Undercover Cop Reveal.
  • Unreliable Narrator: In Issue #40, some H.I.V.E. 5 villains recall past run-ins with the Teen Titans. The flashbacks show that, in most cases, escaping the heroes took more luck and less skill than their narrations suggest.

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