Western Animation: Teen Titans
Based on the classic DC comic
(mostly the 1980s incarnation by Marv Wolfman and George Perez), with a generous dose of anime influence
thrown in, Teen Titans
features the adventures of five young superheroes:Robin
, the gruff, straight-laced leader
, an alien from the planet Tamaran
who behaves like an Action Girl Funny Foreigner
, the second-in-command Techno Wizard
who can also hold his own in a fight with his body's built-in weaponry; Raven
, The Quiet One
, a moody sorceress with a few secrets
of her own; and Beast Boy
, the shape-shifting Plucky Comic Relief
While their adventures are primarily episodic, each season includes an arc
that follows the most famous arcs of the comic book with some fidelity. Furthermore, in the last season, its arc not only introduces the majority of the classic characters from the comic but also the members and enemies of the allied superhero team, The Doom Patrol
appeared as the series' main antagonist, though his name was changed to "Slade" due to the executives thinking "Deathstroke" was inappropriate
(which became redundant come the Young Justice adaptation). Other comic book villains such as Trigon, the Fearsome Five and Mad Mod appeared, as did a number of original villains created for the show
, such as Red X and Control Freak.
The show has drawn some flak for its frequent, yet not constant, less-than-serious tone
, and the many differences between the heroes in the comics and their cartoon incarnations (like animated Raven's exaggerated Gothiness, and animated Starfire being less aggressive and more naive than in the comics). In addition, the physical appearance of the characters in the animated series is profoundly different than that of the original comic book series which, despite its title, depicted the Titans as being in their 20s (at one point the comic series even dropped the Teen
from the title as it had become apparent they weren't anymore), with Starfire and Raven being arguably the two characters most noticably "kiddified" for the animated series. Of course, taking a left on the Sliding Scale of Silliness Versus Seriousness
might have gotten the show more fans than it lost
, and consequently, it also has a fairly large and devoted fan base.
It has a Made-for-TV Movie
titled Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo
, and its own comics series, Teen Titans Go!
It was originally pitched as a Young Justice
series, and the two are very similar in tone. Oddly enough, when Young Justice
itself got a series
, many noted it to be closer in tone to the original Teen Titans
Reruns are now airing every weekday on Boomerang at 11 pm through midnight, and weekends from 3-4pm. All five seasons of the show are likewise available on DVD, iTunes and Netflix (not instant). The show has also returned in the form of chibi-fied shorts for Cartoon Network's new DC Nation
block, called, appropriately enough, New Teen Titans
. Thanks to the success of these shorts, a new, Super-Deformed
, comedy-oriented series titled Teen Titans Go!
premiered as a part of the DC Nation block in 2013, with all of the original cast back as their respective characters.
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- Absurdly Spacious Sewer: Present in several episodes.
- Academy of Evil: H.I.V.E.
- Acid Trip Dimension: Where Herald lives.
- Action Girl: Most of the female characters in the series. Starfire, Raven, Terra, and Bumblebee in particular.
- Adaptational Badass: Killer Moth. In the comics, he's the most ineffectual of the Ineffectual Sympathetic Villains, with a completely ridiculous, ill-fitting costume that looks like it was put together by a colorblind man. Here, he's still kind of a schmuck, but he has an army of genetically modified bugs at his command and he has a cool half-man, half moth hybrid look. Despite this, he's still the series' Butt Monkey when it's revealed that his teenage daughter, Kitten, is really the one who wears the pants in their household. Guy can't catch a break.
- Beast Boy.
- Starfire when trying to figure out Earth customs.
- Alphabet Architecture: The iconic Titans Tower, a big old T.
- An Aesop:
Well, I guess this whole experience proves it really is bad to watch too much TV. Starfire:
But truthfully, we only prevailed because Beast Boy watches too much the television. Raven: So, there really isn't a lesson here. Cyborg:
Yep, it was all completely meaningless. (Everyone laughs)
- Aesop Amnesia: Most of Cyborg's episodes revolve around him accepting, again and again, that he's human, though from different perspectives (not being robotic enough, not being human enough, etc.).
- Affectionate Gesture to the Head: In "Calling All Titans," Jericho reaches down and pats an exhausted Beast Boy on the head after he climbs all the way to the top of the mountain to give Jericho a communicator.
- Affectionate Parody: "Employee of the Month" appears to be a nod towards Invader Zim, with some FLCL thrown in too.
- Age Without Youth: General Immortus of the Brotherhood of Evil. He is so old that he looks like a ghoul.
- Agony Beam: Doctor Light uses one of these on Robin in Season 5. It's powered by the Aurora Borealis.
- Aliens Speaking English: Tamaraneans have the ability to absorb other people's language through mouth-to-mouth contact (ahem). As a result of kissing Robin, Starfire's English is fine, though she slips up from time to time and doesn't always "get" wordplay or innuendo. She also speaks very formally, rarely using contractions. Why the Tamaraneans who stayed on Tamaran and presumably never met an English speaker can speak English is never explained, though.
- All Your Base Are Belong to Us:
- "Final Exam", third episode in production, first to air.
- Also "Betrayal" and "The End Pt. 1" (though in the latter case, the attackers never made it inside the Tower), as well as the beginning of the movie.
- And Brother Blood assaults and takes control of the Titans East tower in the third season finale.
- All There in the Manual: While never stated in the series proper, the tie-in comic, Teen Titans Go!! gave the city that the Titans lived the name "Jump City."
- All Your Powers Combined:
- The Master of Games.
- Also how Raven beat Trigon in "Nevermore".
- Ambition Is Evil: Jinx's motivations for villainy stem mostly from her desire to "be somebody". Hey, she was born with "bad luck" powers, so she might as well be a bad person so she can do something great (but terrible) with her life. However, there's also an inverted example of this; Jinx is far more ambitious than her lazy slacker teammates, so eventually part of the reason she turns good is so that she can work with competent people like Kid Flash instead of teammates who have no ambitions besides petty theft.
- Amusing Alien: Starfire.
- And a Diet Coke: Cyborg makes a large order at Mega Meaty Meat and ends it with this. After Beast Boy tells him they sell no soda, Cyborg asks for a cup of meat juice.
- And I Must Scream:
- While Terra is trapped in stone it is highly implied she was alive the whole time. However this is later averted due to somehow breaking out.
- The Brain could also count since he's well... a brain in a moving jar.
- Plasmus can qualify as well since he must be kept asleep or turn into a horrific version of Muk.
- And Your Little Dog Too: Raven invokes this trope by name when the Titans take on Johnny Rancid's Robot Dog Rex.
- Animated Series
- Animesque: Like you. Wouldn't. Believe.
- Anti-Hero: Robin. He may be the leader of a team of superheroes, but he even admits to himself that he is too dogged in his pursuit of villains, and is not above lying to his friends if it helps his plan.
- Apocalypse How:
- The Season 4 Finale. Planetary/Total Extinction. The world obviously got better.
- And we could technically put the-Larry incited Apocalypse as a Class Z. It's just a filler episode though, so no worries.
- Apocalypse Maiden: Raven.
- Are We There Yet?: Raven to Cyborg, in the T-Car she isn't particularly impressed about.
- Arm Cannon: Cyborg's sonic cannons, one built into each arm.
- Armor-Piercing Question: Shows up in "Forces of Nature." When Thunder begins to question the morality of what he and Lightning are doing, his brother repeatedly assures him that they're "just having fun." Later, when Slade has tricked them into unleashing a monster, Thunder wants to help the Titans, only for Lightning to start fighting him. Lightning has him pinned on the ground and is ready to kill him when Thunder asks him: "Tell me, brother...are we still having fun?"
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Killer Moth threatens to destroy the City unless the following three demands are met:
"The city will declare me ruler, the Teen Titans will surrender and Robin... will take this lovely young lady to her junior prom."
- Art Evolution: Most notable are the chibis, which became more refined as the episodes went on.
- Ash Face: In the episode "Only Human", Raven gets charred from head to toe when Cyborg blows her up in a little scene after trying to cheer him up.
- Ass Kicks You: One of Pantha's wrestling moves, employed against Cyborg in "Calling All Titans".
- Attack Pattern Alpha: The H.I.V.E. and "Gamma Formation!"
- Back-to-Back Badasses: Robin gets two with Red X and Slade, of all people! It Makes Sense in Context.
- Bad Future: Starfire accidentally get sent to one where Cyborg has to stay plugged in at Titans Tower since his batteries are dead, Beast Boy is a fat, bald circus performer, and Raven appears to have gone insane from loneliness. But Robin/Nightwing is relatively fine. He's become just like Batman, a loner with nobody to talk to. Thankfully, Starfire returning to her own time seems to fix it.
- Bad Powers, Bad People
- Jinx. This is subverted with Jinx's Heel-Face Turn in one of the final episodes. If anything it seems that she became bad specifically because she thought she had to follow this.
- Raven, having demonic powers, defies this, even during season 4 by blasting her demonic dad.
- Badass Normal: Robin. Notable in that though he's the only member of his team without superpowers, he's also the only one who can take on every member of his own team at the same time. Because like Batman, he had special equipment made to take down each of his teammates. That is why Red X is so hard for the Titans to deal with.
- Badly Battered Babysitter: Raven is at one point tasked with protecting 3 annoying young children who might have superpowers. It goes about as well as you'd think until her kids are threatened.
- Bare Your Midriff:
- Terra, when she was wearing her brown top and yellow shorts.
- Madame Rouge.
- Batman Can Breathe in Space:
- Baleful Polymorph: All of the Titans in "Bunny Raven... or ...How to Make A Titananimal Disappear", especially Raven who becomes a cute widdle bunny rabbit.
- Batman Gambit: Robin pulls these several times through out the series, but this is unsurprising considering who trained him.
- Battle Couple: Robin and Starfire. Eventually.
- Battle in the Center of the Mind
- "Nevermore", Raven against her inner demon.
- And to some extent, "Haunted."
- Beam-O-War: The above-mentioned fight in "Nevermore".
- Because Destiny Says So: Raven's reason for allowing her father Trigon to invade Earth and destroy it.
- Berserk Button:
- If you hurt Raven's friends, you're screwed.
- "No one should ever go into my room."
- Robin does not like being compared to Slade. At all. (Most noticeable in the Apprentice episodes, he manages to get over it but it's still a sensitive issue for him.) However, this is partially true, since he's as obsessive as Slade. Deep down Robin does realize this, but doesn't want it to be point out. This may be why he's so obsessive with Slade, as he made him something he doesn't want to be and always many steps ahead of Robin.
- There's also one episode that's all about Beast Boy's Berserk Button taking physical form (it's a long story) and hunting down a jerk that put Raven in a coma. Surprisingly, the romantic overtones were completely unintentional.
- Starfire likes being pranked just as much as Winry Rockbell likes having her Automail destroyed and by that we mean, not at all in fact this is what might happen:
On my planet, we have a name for people who do such terrible things, you are a... a.. (head expands) CLORBAG Varblenilk!!!
- Don't harm her friends
- Don't flirt with Robin.
- Get between Starfire and Robin at your own risk.
- Slade hates it when someone makes him lose his cool, outdoes him, or when his apprentices betray him.
- Berserker Tears: About everyone at least once.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Starfire is generally the kindest and most naive of the main characters, but if you hurt her or her friends, or if you just happen to be a villain, she'll really kick your butt. Also helps for her that she is a member of a race whose powers are fueled by emotions.
- Beware the Silly Ones:
- Beast Boy usually plays the role of the plucky comic relief with shades of the butt monkey, but in "Titans Together", he proves himself an incredibly capable leader and powerful fighter. When he meets Terra again after nearly being killed by her and seeing how she's trashed the city, he has no qualms about fighting her even when they were basically an official couple.
- In a way, Control Freak also is one. He is an avid television and movie junkie. As Raven called him, "a couch potato with a souped-up remote." At the same time, he can make inanimate objects come to life with said remote, make a larger one that has "high-end equipment to break half the laws of physics", uses said remote to escape into the World of TV, use his television knowledge to Take A Level In Badass and learn how to counter both the Teen Titans and Titans East. Is he a large creepy fanboyish villain? Yes. Is he dangerous? Definately.
- Big Bad:
- Slade in seasons 1 and 2 (with Terra as his right-hand girl in season 2).
- Brother Blood in Season 3.
- Trigon for Season 4 (with Slade as his right-hand man).
- The Brain in Season 5. (Not that Brain, amusing as that would have been.)
- Big Eater: Cyborg and Terra, and Starfire when among her native people. Cyborg also had an Extreme Omnivore episode in "Crash" when a computer virus caused him to hallucinate that everything around him was delicious food.
Robin, Raven, Beast Boy, Cyborg: No!!
Terra (devouring it): Got any more?
Starfire: I shall go cultivate the fungus!
- Big Entrance: "Birthmark" starts off with Dr. Light fighting the Titans. At first he seems to be holding his own, until Raven makes her entrance. She mimics the last time the two of them encountered each other, with scaling up her size a fair bit, Glowing Eyes of Doom, and tentacles made of shadow.
: Remember me? Dr. Light
: (Goes Blue with Shock
, turns, and raises hands) I'd like to go to jail now, please.
- Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti:
- Beast Boy can turn into one. Of course, in a universe with aliens, half-demons, and cyborgs, maybe Bigfoots and Yetis aren't the the greatest Willing Suspension of Disbelief we're expected to accept.
- According to canon, Beast Boy can transform into any creature so long as he has seen a picture of it and/or can visualize what it would look like. Basically, his powers run on imagination.
- Big Sister Bully: Blackfire.
- Bilingual Bonus:
- For those who understand Spanish. At least you know what the bloody hell Más Y Menos are talking about.note Their catchphrase, "Más y Menos, sí podemos!' literally means "Plus and Minus, yes we can!" Not only is it a straightforward Spanish rhyme, but it is also a pun on the saying "más o menos" ("more or less.") They're also guilty of Getting Crap Past the Radar, shouting at least one curse word in Spanish! The Latin American Spanish dub had to modify this, naturally.
- In one of the fights between Robin and a robot version of Slade, large billboards behind them states "Read the comics" in Chinese.
- The Movie has a Japanese bonus. People who
don't know Japanese have never been on the internet wouldn't catch the joke when a cute girl calls Beast Boy a geek (otaku) and he thought she called him cute, for example. The Cat Girl keeps talking to him during their fight also, which just frustrates him because he has no idea what she ever says.
- Also in one scene, one of the signs spells out "Robin" in Katakana.
- If you know Japanese, you'd see the reason why the Japanese version of the theme song's used for silly episodes. And for those who don't, the English translation of the song is revealed in the movie. The song's lyrics are very random for a superhero cartoon theme song.
- Bit Part Bad Guys: Mumbo, Control Freak, and Dr. Light started out like this before moving up to better things. Same can't be said for that poor giant scorpion Terra crushed during her Batman Cold Open.
- Bittersweet Ending: "Things Change".
- Black Dude Dies First: Averted. When Raven accidentally brings a horror movie to life in the Tower, Beast Boy gets Genre Savvy and, along with stopping the inevitable Let's Split Up, Gang, says that as the Plucky Comic Relief, he's the one who's going to go first. And he did. In fact, Cyborg was the last to get taken.
- Blush Sticker
- "Blind Idiot" Translation: Cyborg pulls one when talking to Mas Y Menos for the first time. What he said translates to "Hello! My friends I am name The Cyborgo!"
- Boisterous Bruiser: Cyborg.
- Book Dumb: Beast Boy.
Beast Boy: Now I know how George Washington felt when Napoleon beat him at Pearl Harbor.
- Earlier in that episode he practically admitted to learning history from the back of a cereal box when Raven asked.
- Brain Freeze:
Hey, check it out! (flash-freezes The Brain) Brain freeze
! *Everyone else groans*
- Brainwashed: Happens to all the Titans (main, East, and a few reserves) at least once. Beast Boy seems to get it a lot after the team's first run-in with Mad Mod. In "Revolution," also featuring Mad Mod, the entire population of Jump City.
- This was Brother Blood's greatest power, and the fact that it didn't work on Cyborg was the reason for his obsession with the boy.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: "Larry" counts. While he is just Batmite, or Robinmite rather, his fifth dimensional tricks break the fourth wall just fine. He's from beyond it, after all.
- Breather Episode: Usually before a rather dark Season Finale.
- Brick Joke: In the Season 1 episode "Nevermore", Dr. Light causes Raven to lose control to her dark side, growing in height and using shadow tentacles to drag him under her cloak. By the time he's uncovered, he's pale and shaking, muttering about the darkness. In the Season 4 episode "Birthmark", the Titans fight Dr. Light again. Raven appears with the same height and shadow tentacles. Dr. Light immediately goes pale and says meekly, "I'd like to go to jail now."
- Bring It: Robin does this to the H.I.V.E. trio in "Final Exams".
- Broken Aesop:
- The episode "Troq", is an Anvilicious message about racism. Sadly, it's somewhat undermined because the episode involves them committing genocide against a robotic race, on the word of a known racist. Sure they almost caused some severe Collateral Damage, but you could make an argument that they're trying to protect their species at all costs.
- Lampshaded at the end of "Episode 257-494":
Robin: Well, I guess this whole experience proves it really is bad to watch too much TV.
Starfire: But truthfully, we only prevailed because Beast Boy watches too much the television.
Raven: So there really isn't a lesson here.
- Butt Monkey: Beast Boy. Poor guy even suffers in the Downer Ending. No wonder he's embarrassed that his first name is the same as that of a certain well-known cat.
- Poor Doctor Light, especially when Raven's around...
- Canon Foreigner: A lot, including most villains of the week and minor characters.
- Canon Immigrant:
- Más y Menos, Billy Numerous, and Cinderblock have appeared in the comics.
- The series' version of Gizmo was also adapted into the comics, as the son of the Dwarfish original.
- Cain and Abel: Starfire and Blackfire, who still look like a parallel of Queens Elizabeth and Mary Tudor, even though Glen Murakami admits that they watered down the much more intense rivalry of the original comics into a more kid-friendly, "I Dream of Jeannie/Bewitched kind of way." If you're even slightly familiar with the comics, you'll know what he's talking about◊.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Raven did this to her demonic dad in the season 4 finale. While blasting him to oblivion, too.
Raven: Fathers are kind! Fathers protect you! Fathers raise you! I was protected by the monks of Azarath. I was raised by my friends! They are my family. This is my home. And you are not welcome here!
- Calling Your Attacks: Cyborg and Beast Boy (and Robin, when it happened) had a habit of nicknaming their teamup moves. In "The Quest", Robin has someone else call his attacks for him.
- Calvinball: Stankball and later variant Extreme Stankball.
- Captain Obvious: About every time the alarm goes off, one of them says "trouble". Really? I never would have guessed.
- Captive Date: Killer Moth threatens the city with destruction unless Robin takes Killer Moth's Bratty Teenage Daughter, Kitten, to the prom. Robin complies, much to his chagrin.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Several. Few villains even got origin stories, so most seemed to just be causing havoc for the fun of it.
- Cardboard Prison: Usually they do not even bother mentioning an escape. Recurring villains who where caught and jailed simply reappear in later episodes, regardless of how ineffectual or silly they are.
- Catchphrase: Each character has one.
- Robin: "Titans! GO!"
- Starfire: "Glorious!"
- Cyborg: "Booyah!"
- Raven: "AZARATH METRION ZINTHOS!"
- Beast Boy: "Dude!"
- Más y Menos: "MÁS Y MENOS SI PODEMOS!"
- Cat Fight:
- Cat Girl:
- Kitten. Not in literal sense, but her name and mannerisms says it all. And the odd thing is, her dad is a moth man. And her boyfriend has a giant spider for a head.
- Starfire is turned into a cat in the episode "Bunny Raven", but she can speak and still wears her clothes.
- And a literal cat girl in the movie made of magic ink.
- Cheshire herself gets a cameo in season 5 fighting Speedy.
- Catapult Nightmare: Robin wakes up from one in "Apprentice Part 1".
- Cerebus Rollercoaster: A prime example. Sometimes the show's mood shifted within the individual episode.
- Cerebus Syndrome: Though the show as a whole was more of a rollercoaster, the individual arcs tend to show this one strongly (except the season four arc, which apart from a brief cold open with Dr. Light, is pretty bleak throughout). The Terra arc in particular is a great example, with plot progression that basically goes: Yay, the Titans have a new friend! Okay, she clearly has trust issues and suffers Power Incontinence when she uses too much power, but hey, none of the team are perfect. Aww, she and Beast Boy are clearly crushing on each other, too. Wait, she works for Slade!? And thanks to her, he knows everybody's weaknesses? And now they're taking over the city together? And wow, Slade's a Bad Boss. But Terra makes a Heroic Sacrifice and saves the day, and she's apparently frozen in stone forever. Bittersweet Ending, much?
- Character Focus: Results in a surprising degree of Character Development, given the mostly-episodic nature of the series.
- Character Overlap: Kitten's father is Killer Moth, a long time nemesis of Batman.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Robin, of course, as he's the apprentice/sidekick of Batman.
- Chaste Toons: Averted by Blackfire in The New Teen Titans, who got married to Glgrdsklechhh some time after "Betrothed" and had babies with him.
- Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys: Occurs in the episode "Don't Touch That Dial", when Beast Boy and Control Freak crash into a French cooking show, the chef immediately produces a white flag and leaves the set.
- Chronically Crashed Car: Cyborg's car gets destroyed in pretty much every episode it makes an appearance in.
- Clap Your Hands If You Believe: Inverted. Recently-deceased villain Slade has returned to beat the living crap out of Robin... or so Robin thinks. Turns out, he'd been exposed to a drug that makes him see Slade, and his body to react as if struck. He is able to disbelieve in his opponent just in time to save himself from the killing blow.
- Clingy Costume: Terra's final costume was an armored suit that Slade had fused with her nervous system. With Clothing Damage, it's clear that she wears bandages where the suit's parts don't go — an aversion of Stripperific, which without the bandages is what the suit would be.
- Clothing Damage:
- In "Birthmark", Slade rips off over 85% of Raven's outfit while mind raping her... or perhaps the other kind. Watch closely, her top is being held on by thin shoulder straps. There's absolutely no back.
- Rule 34: A surprisingly high quality animation by ZONE-sama does exactly that. And with minimal changes to the original episode's audio track, disturbingly enough.
- Terra's outfit in "Aftershock Part 2"; see above.
- Robin's outfit got quite a bit torn up in "Haunted" when he was fighting with what he thought was Slade.
- Beast Boy's suit near the end of "The Beast Within" gets pretty ripped up... Which raises a lot of questions about how it got ripped up, or where it goes when he changes...
- Cold Open: Nearly every episode features a scene before the opening theme.
- Color-Coded Characters: Each of the characters who had some form of energy manipulation powers had a distinct color associated with them, observable when they used their powers and also when their eyes glowed. The major ones:
- Black with white edges for Raven (red edges for her Superpowered Evil Side and pure white for her "White Raven" form).
- In the episode Nevermore, the various parts of her psyche wear different colored robes to match that aspect. Pink is happy, gray is timid, and green is brave.
- Green for Starfire.
- Yellow for Terra.
- Bright red for Brother Blood.
- Fiery red-orange for Trigon (and Slade when empowered by Trigon).
- Dark purple for Blackfire.
- Pale pinkish-purple for Jinx.
- Collapsing Lair: Slade gets this twice in the first two season finales, Brother Blood gets it twice in the third, and the movie starts off with an attack on Titans Tower.
- Combat Tentacles: The Centauri police-robots in "Sister".
- Comic Book Adaptation: Teen Titans Go!! A Recursive Adaptation, in that the show was derived from a Comic Book in the first place.
- Comic Book Movies Don't Use Codenames:
- "Deathstroke the Terminator" is simply Slade here.
- Interestingly, despite being her codename in the original comics, here Raven is her codename.
- Elasti-Girl inverted this with Beast Boy, calling him by his real name once—"Garfield." No one else does this, even after this event.
- Starfire is a downplayed example. While her real name is unknown (the comics has it as "Kori'andr", but it's also turned into "Kori Anders" again in the comics), she says that it translates to "Star Fire," so they're sort of calling her by her real name... a little...
- Conservation of Ninjutsu: If the Titans are facing a single villain for the episode, they'll most likely be taken down easily. A lone Titan tends to have to be capable of quite a lot (i.e. Robin taking down Cinderblock).
- Continuity Nod:
- Dr. Light's instant surrender when he came face to face with Raven, as he recalled the Mook Horror Show she'd subjected him to before. Guess he was still scared of the dark...
- Another is in "Can I Keep Him" where one of the "foods" Starfire offers to Silky is mustard, which she was drinking in "The Sum of His Parts".
- In "Go!", the bus Cyborg catches from Starfire looks very much like the one he stopped in "Final Exams".
- In "The End" Part II", Starfire mentions that she's used Raven's powers once before (in "Switched" when she and Raven switched bodies).
- Convection Schmonvection: In "The End", Badass Normals Robin and Slade run around on rocks floating in lava. Later, Cyborg's face is held about a few inches above a lava lake and he's totally fine. Even if his mechanical parts are very heat resistant, the human parts should burn.
- Composite Character: Robin is Dick Grayson and has his acrobatic origins, relationship with Starfire and status as Teen Titans leader, Jason Todd's temper and prone to lowering himself to criminal level when he has to, and Tim Drake's Bo Staff skills and Batman-like tendencies.
- Cranium Chase: During an episode, Starfire's head and body are separated when Larry messes with reality. She then has to chase it down.
- Crapsaccharine World: Mother Mae-Eye's oh so cutesy wootzy fantasy world.
- Crazy Cultural Comparison: Starfire has a few strange Tamaranian customs, such as The Pudding of Sadness and The Poem of Gratitude. Also, Zorka berries which cause mutations in certain organisms, like say Silkies.
- Create Your Own Villain: Really Beast Boy is the one who sent Terra over the edge with his rejection of her. This is forgivable, however, seeing as how she had just betrayed him and his dearest friends to their worst enemy after they took her in twice and welcomed her into their group with almost no qualms whatsoever (Raven being the one voice of dissent, which quickly stopped as she came to trust Terra as well)...and for some reason, she still expected him to be OK with that. The only one to blame in that situation was Terra herself.
- Cuffs Off, Rub Wrists:
- Cyborg, of all people, does this, in the second part of "Titans East".
- Starfire as well, after Robin picks the lock on her cuffs in "Go!"... despite the fact that she's wearing metal plating under the cuffs.
- Curbstomp Battle: Oh. So. Often. Any given Slade vs. Robin fight will be like this.
- Custom Uniform of Sexy: Pick a girl, any girl.
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Season 4 episode "Overdrive". Especially if you decide to delete parts of it yourself...
- Dance Battler: Jinx will sometimes look like she's dancing or doing some complex gymnastics while dodging attacks in battle.
- Dark Action Girl: Jinx fits this to a T (heh heh heh). She's also the leader of the H.I.V.E. Five, all male, and the only one with ambition. Her Heel-Face Turn was partly triggered by high ranking villains initially dismissing her as useless. She has yet to do real heroics, her motivations seem to be simple revenge (and a crush on Kid Flash). Of course, the phrase "Dark Action Girl" really brings Raven to mind... though she's more an example of another trope.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Many thought Raven will make a great villain because of her very dark past. She isn't. In the case of Jinx, she is a villain at first, but her relationship with Kid Flash convinced her to do a Heel-Face Turn.
- You are dark, and darkness is often misunderstood. —Malchior
- Darker and Edgier:
- Season 4: Trigon's plot is to force Raven to fulfill her destiny as the antichrist and destroy the world. "Birthmark" alone has a scene where Slade brands Raven in a scene that is uncomfortably creepy. This after the series was sometimes accused of being too kiddie.
- "Haunted", definitely. It's basically Robin having a PTSD-fueled mental breakdown the whole time, and the final scene sounds as much like rape as "Birthmark" does.
- In general, Slade's episodes tended to be darker then was typical for the show.
- Dark Magical Girl:
- Raven is a lonely girl with father-angst that develops a close friendship with a sunny and perky girl. Even their powers are foils; Starfire uses her powers through fully embracing her emotions while Raven has to suppress her to keep them under control.
AZARATH METRION ZINTHOS!
- Dark-Skinned Redhead: Starfire. Kid Flash may also count.
- Darkest Hour
- Dating Catwoman:
- Happened between Kid Flash and Jinx. As a result, Jinx became one of the good guys.
- Another Jinx example. While Cyborg is undercover at the H.I.V.E., it's revealed that they went to a dance together. It is also heavily implied they had some kind of relationship during this time.
- Day in the Limelight/Hostile Show Takeover: "We're the H.I.V.E. Five. This is our show now!"
- Deadpan Snarker:
- Red X.
- Cyborg has several moments, too.
Robin: I have to find out if she's a threat.
Cyborg: More like find out if she'll give him another kiss...
- Decoy Getaway: Slade, to Robin's continually escalating frustration.
- Defanged Horrors:
- When Raven pulled Dr. Light into some sort of dark vortex within her cloak, and when he came out he was curled up in the fetal position muttering, "S-so dark. Make it stop. Please make it stop."
- The episode "Haunted" also ranks up there as one of the creepiest pieces of Western Animation targeted towards kids. They took Slade, a villain who's already creepy in his own right, and left the audience constantly unsure whether he was Back from the Dead and torturing Robin, or whether Robin had gone insane and was mutilating himself. The truth is somewhere in between.
- Defeat by Modesty: In "Mother Mae Eye", See-More, while fighting Starfire, reveals that he has "see-through" vision and then gazes intently at Starfire, which prompts her to cover herself up while blushing. This allows her to be an easy target for See-More's next attack.
- Defiant to the End: Standard for each of the Titans to be Defiant to the End, which makes Robin begging for Slade to stop in "Haunted" more disturbing.
- Denser and Wackier: The DC Nation shorts and the revival series Teen Titans Go! do away with the dark elements of the series and are played completely for comedy.
- Deranged Animation: Bits of it in (nearly) every episode.
- Despair Event Horizon: Almost the entirety of "The End."
- Digital Piracy Is Evil: Leads to your friend being infected with a computer virus. Which leads him to hallucinate that everything's food and giving him a ferocius appetite. Which leads to him almost crashing every computer system on the planet...
- Distracted by the Luxury. When Blackfire gives her sister a "Centauri moon diamond" necklace.
- Disney Dog Fight Between Killer Moth and Starfire. The "Dog" in question can't make up his mind so he explodes.
- The Ditz: Starfire, though she's just naive and unfamiliar with her new environment as opposed to being legitimately stupid. She's demonstrated her intelligence on more than one occasion. She knows exactly how many moles there are in a kilogram of oxygen and has explained mathematically (off-screen anyway) how it is possible to travel faster than the speed of light.
- Do-Anything Robot: Gizmo's tiny mechanical backpack holds a freaking car in it. Cyborg might qualify as well.
- The Dog Bites Back: Terra in "Aftershock". Slade flunks #48 on the Evil Overlord List.
- 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.
- "Troq" has this brief discussion about Val-Yor's racism against Starfire's kind:
You know what it is like to be judged simply by the way you look? Cyborg:
Of course I do. I'm part robot.
- Don't Think. Feel: In "Switched", Starfire teaches Raven how to fly.
Okay. How do you fly this thing? Starfire!Raven:
You must feel flight
. Raven!Starfire: What. Starfire!Raven:
When you feel
the unbridled joy of flight, you will fly.
- Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Kitten nearly forcing Robin to kiss her is Played for Laughs.
- Dramatic Drop: Terra drops the T-communicator when Robin announces her big secret: that she can't control her powers. She thinks Beast Boy lied to her and told, but Robin once worked for the world's greatest detective and figured it all out on his own, unaware it was a secret.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Beast Boy, in the whole series and The Movie Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo.
- Dysfunction Junction: Each Titan has a dark past.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Silkie had a few blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameos before "Can I Keep Him?"
- Early Installment Weirdness: Some of the Season 1 episodes have some rather strange-looking animation.
- Either/Or Title: "Bunny Raven, or How to Make a Titananimal Disappear". Also "Don't Touch that Dial, Or Episode 257-494".
- Eldritch Location: The inside of Mumbo's hat.
- Electric Torture
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: Argent in Season 5.
- Eloquent In My Native Tongue: Starfire is a little better at English than most online translators. But not by much. "Kick The Butt!"
- Emotionless Girl: Invoked by Raven, who has emotions, but is forced to keep them in check by the nature of her powers. "Fear Itself" provides a pretty good example of what happens when her emotions become too much for her to handle.
- The End of the World as We Know It: Season 4's three-part finale.
- Enemy Mine: Slade teaming up with the Titans in "The End Part 3".
- Everybody Laughs Ending: The series, itself not known for abusing this trope, does a spoof in S04E01.
- Everything's Better with Princesses:
Starfire: Oh, yes, I am second in line for the throne... perhaps I forgot to mention?
- Everytown, America: Jump City, California & Steel City, New York. The latter is especially ironic for those aware that "The Steel City" is a nickname for Pittsburgh, PA.
- Everyone Can See It: Robin and Starfire. Everyone including their teammates, their enemies, and random nerds on the Internet (in-show).
- Evil Brit: Mad Mod.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good:
- As confirmed by Word of God, this is a trait Slade has. His inability to comprehend Robin's loyalty towards his team and the lengths he would go to keep his friends safe and his not considering any residual loyalties Terra had towards the Titans led to his defeat twice.
- Trigon also has this problem.
- Evil Costume Switch:
- Robin in "Apprentice", though he did not do a Face-Heel Turn like his teammates thought he would.
- Terra in Aftershock, who wears nothing but a breast plate and underwear, with the rest of her body covered in bandages.
- Evil Counterpart: Blackfire. And later, Red X served as sort of a "morally ambiguous" counterpart to Robin. Jinx was designed to be a sort of evil counterpart to Raven, both magic users with a "dark" color theme.
- Slade acts like a sort of evil counterpart to Batman (as he was intended to be in the original comics, complete with Wintergreen, his own anti-Alfred). So it's no wonder he and Robin are so similar, since Robin takes after his mentor.
- Evil Makeover: Cyborg's car gets one when Overload hijacks it.
- Evil Minions: Various catspaws of Slade's.
- Expanded Universe: The tie-in comic, Teen Titans Go!!
- Exposed to the Elements: Starfire in the episode "Kole" is in the arctic wearing her usual Bare Your Midriff / Mini Dress Of Power costume, while everyone else around her is dressed in thick winter attire. Hand Waved due to the fact she's an alien.
- Exposition Cut: Probably not the only example of this in the series, but used in the episode "The Beast Within" after the team found Raven in the maw of a feral Beast Boy.
Starfire: Rest. You are safe. He can no longer harm you.
Raven: He didn't hurt me, he saved me.
Starfire: From what? (cue scene transition)
- Expository Theme Tune: Not in the traditional sense, but whether the opening credits are the English or the Japanese version of the theme song will let you know if it's a serious or silly episode, respectively.
- Expressive Mask:
- Robin's mask basically emotes as if it were his eyes, and he never takes it off (except once in the movie, and then he was wearing sunglasses).
- Slade's mask also counts, even if there's only one eye.
- Red X actually counts, too; in "Revved Up", his reaction to landing on the bus only to discover Raven and Starfire in it is nothing short of hilarious.
- Expy: Professor Chang bears a striking resemblance to Hannibal Chew, of Blade Runner: From his distinctive clothing and facial appearance, right down to the frigid environment in which he works. Chang's voice actor? None other than James Hong, who also played the role of Chu.
- Extreme Omnivore: A number of characters show this.
- Eye Lights Out: When Cyborg is severely damaged, his glowing eye fades, along with the blue lights on his arm and leg circuits.
- The Faceless: Slade. Even when his mask gets knocked off in "The End" and his undead face is just a skull. Though at that point in the show, he had been reanimated by Trigon, but not resurrected. Apparently, this means he can't regrow his skin.
- The episode Forces Of Nature has Slade disguised as an old man, though this functions as a bit of a Mythology Gag, as his disguise is somewhat similar to his original comics appearance.
- Red X fits this as well, considering we only ever see his mask.
- And, to a lesser extent, Robin, due to the fact that his eyes are never shown, but this would fit better into The Eyeless trope.
- Facepalm Of Doom: "Pantha's Claw"
- False Innocence Trick: Raven befriends a knight hero in a book by the name of Malchior. He tells her stories of how an evil dragon trapped him there. He teaches her powerful magic and things seem awesome, until she sets Malchior free, only to find out "Malchior" is the name of the evil dragon, not the knight.
- False Camera Effects: The later episodes and TV movie played with false Jitter Cam and Whip Pan effects.
- Family of Choice: The Titans support each other in all the good ways of a family, but they're also a family in all the worst ways with all the conflicts. Their family-like relationships are used to look deeper into each of the character's back stories and character flaws.
- Fandom Specific Plot: There are many fanfics where Terra being a local school girl in one episode is explained. Usually it is that Terra had amnesia after being frozen in lava and started going to school in the city. There is always a Raven/Beast Boy/Terra love triangle. Another extremely common plot is to put them in a High School AU.
- Which is odd since the show was almost explicit that Terra was choosing to forget.
- Fantastic Racist: Val Yor. Now we know that "Troq" is the intergalactic equivalent of the N-word, used to describe Tamaraneans. Lampshaded by Cyborg:
Starfire: You know how it feels to be judged just because of how you look?
Cyborg: Of course I do... I'm part robot.
- Fastball Special: Multiple variants. Of particular note is the "Beast Boy Blitz", where Beast Boy turns into an armadillo and rolls into a ball so that Cyborg can throw him. And then turns into a rhino mid-flight.
- Female Gaze: The camera does tend to focus on Robin's butt an awful lot…
- And Aqualad. All. The. Time.
- Beast Boy too, to a certain extent.
- Fanservice: It has a good amount for a kids show...
- Starfire and Raven provide this trope well
- Some males, especially Aqualad fulfill this.
- So much so in Aqualad's case that he causes Starfire and even Raven to go gaga and ogle him through heart-shaped eyes at least once.
- Femme Fatale: Blackfire.
- Ferris Wheel Date Moment: Twice. Robin and Starfire have one in the episode "Sisters", and Beast Boy and Terra have one in "Betrayal".
- Feud Episode: Robin and Cyborg have an early episode like this.
- Flying Firepower: Starfire most of the time.
- The Fifties: The Fifties Fifties version, in a Show Within a Show which Beast Boy lands in for a short while before an eight-foot robot smashes into the suburban paradise home like some demented manifestation of Chandler's Law.
- Final Solution: Our heroes go on a trip with Val-Yor and commit genocide on a race of allegedly hostile robots.
- Finger Poke of Doom: The Empowered Badass Normal version of Slade does this to Cyborg.
- Finishing Move
- The Sonic Boom, which was unfortunately only used once until "Titan's Together.
- A number of other one-off named Finishing Moves exist, like the "T-Rex Takedown".
- Many of these involve Cyborg and Beast Boy pulling off numerous variations of a Fastball Special.
- Fish out of Water: Starfire — due to being an easy bit and the series' hinge on humour, her adaption was pretty back and forth but never complete.
- Fish People: Triton and Aqualad's friend Tramm.
- Five-Man Band:
- It's all there for the main team but some roles are nebulous.
- Titans East
- Five-Bad Band: The (more than five) members of the H.I.V.E Five.
- Fix Fic:
- fic that resurrects Terra after her Heroic Sacrifice are almost as endemic are those that inflict Die for Our Ship on her. After she actually was resurrected, or something, it changed into fixing what the author didn't like about it. One of them, part of the "Sanza Salazar trilogy", has Terra revived by the actions of a group of villains instead of whatever mysterious circumstance revived her in the original series, mostly so the Titans can get to her before she decides I Just Want to Be Normal like she did originally.
- Quite a few fix "Things Change" where Beast Boy is able to successfully convince her to come back to the team.
- The HIVE kids were initially a competent villain team and the collective Evil Counterparts of the Titans, sliding into infighting and immaturity only when not "working". Later seasons flanderized them into being all incompetents (except for Jinx) who only won because they got lucky.
- Their boss, Brother Blood, was in his first appearance a cool-headed, charismatic leader who only overacted when playing to an audience; later appearances made him a straight Large Ham.
- Notably, the Titans themselves and Big Bad Slade inverted this trope; in the first few appearances they were defined by one or two traits (i.e. Robin was serious, Raven was a goth, Beast Boy was an immature jokester, Slade was a Card-Carrying Villain, etc.), but later appearances added a lot more depth to all of them.
- Flat "What.": Connected to the Fantastic Racism example above, and definitely not Played for Laughs.
- Fluffy the Terrible
- Silky, the Ugly Cute mutant moth-larva. Who still retains the potential to metamorphose again.
- The ravens in Raven's mind... when we first meet them, anyway...
- Flying Brick: Starfire, plus energy blasts and Bizarre Alien Biology.
- 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.
- Forced to Watch: Robin has been subject to this at least twice, and Raven once.
- Forgot About His Powers Well, her powers at least. Raven has so many one-off powers she magically forgets about that it get's silly.
- For the Evulz: In the first season, Slade's apparent goal is to destroy the city for no reason at all. Subverted in the finale, the destruction of the city turned out to be a diversion and his true goal was to blackmail Robin into becoming his apprentice.
- For the Lulz: This is Red X's reason for stealing the suit in the first place, and then using it to commit theft. He's not really a "villain" so much as he finds crime more entertaining than heroics — although he's not adverse to heroics when he feels like it, as he does have a streak of actual decency that tends to kick in if people are going to die or someone's done him a favour.
Why did you steal the suit? What are you planning to do? Red X:
Whatever I want. Not everyone wants to play the big villain
- Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Literally every single character.
- The Freakshow: Beast Boy's ultimate destination in "How Long Is Forever?".
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: "Switched"
- The Friends Who Never Hang: Has episodes that pair in some way each of the Titans with another member, with the exception of Beast Boy and Robin.
- Funny Foreigners: The Spanish-speaking Más Y Menos. Starfire as well.
- Future Badass: In the Bad Future of How Long Is Forever?, Robin is the only Titan to get more Bad Ass.
- Future Loser: Beast Boy being the most prominent, but Cyborg and Raven's futures also kinda suck.
- Gag Series: Often, depending on the episode.
- Gainaxing: At times, Starfire goes gadunk-dunk-dunk down there, if you watch carefully.
- Generic Doomsday Villain:
- Trigon was easily the most powerful villain of all, seeing as how he destroyed the world approximately 12 seconds after entering our dimension. However, being the "incarnation of evil" doesn't seem to leave much room for a complex or interesting personality. Luckily, every episode with Trigon in it also had Slade around acting as The Dragon.
- Most of the villains in the show seemed to be wreaking havoc just 'cuz. Though it doesn't help that the show had a general aversion to origin stories.
- Genius Ditz: Starfire may come off as ditzy, but she knows a lot of things, like the secret to travelling faster than the speed of light and knowing the exact number of atoms in a kilogram of oxygen.
- Genki Girl: Starfire.
- Genre Savvy: Control Freak and Beast Boy. Cyborg also has his moments.
- Genre-Busting: It's a superhero action cartoon whose animation is often more inspired by Tex Avery or the weirder side of anime than anything in American Comic Books, yet often has very dark, dramatic storylines and, on a few occasions, will have an episode focus almost entirely on character interactions, with the obligatory supervillain battle relegated to a minor B-plot.
- Gilligan Cut: In "Fear Itself", when no one looks impressed with the horror movie Beast Boy is touting until they start it.
- Girls' Night Out Episode: "Switched". Also doubles as a "Freaky Friday" Flip.
- Girly Bruiser: Starfire.
- The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: Starfire vs. Blackfire.
- Glove Snap: Cyborg does this once.
Beast Boy (about Robin): Right. Check him for batteries.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom:
- Starfire and Blackfire get these when using their powers.
- Raven also does this whenever she's using magic.
- Her demon form has it basically all the time, as does her father, Trigon.
- Terra also has this at times when using her geokinesis, though it is inconsistent
- Go Mad from the Isolation: Happens to Raven in the Bad Future episode "How Long is Forever". She gets better, though.
- God Guise: In one episode, Raven crash-lands on a planet inhabited by tiny aliens, and is worshiped as a God simply for being more than three inches tall.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: Clearly, Blackfire did not have the best interests of her people in mind when she took over the planet. Fortunately, in their culture, a monarch's rule can be taken away from her via Trial by Combat, which is exactly what Starfire did.
- Good Costume Switch:
- Although a Dark Is Not Evil example, Raven has had a dark cloak to white cloak switch at least three separate times in the series, accompanied by a Big Damn Heroes moment. Never lasts long, though.
- Starfire also switched from an outfit not unlike her sister's in "Go" to her current uniform when she learns to be "nice".
- Goomba Stomp / Goomba Springboard: Robin uses this several times against mooks.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!:
- Gizmo. His harmless swear words are so creative they actually sound dirty.
- Starfire too, in fact she's probably the Titan with the foulest mouth. She's just polite enough to limit herself to Tamaranian swears.
- Raven, the ultimate gothic superheroine. However, although the early episodes portray Raven as straight-up goth, her personality begins fluctuating later and she is revealed to be more calculating, introverted and antisocial than generically goth.
- Argent, introduced in the third-to-last episode.
- Jinx fills the goth villainess role.
- Gratuitous Japanese: Trouble in Tokyo is full of this one. The biggest standout is Brushogun; while his name is a portmanteau of "brush" and "shogun", his name would be "Bra Shogun" in their language.
- Great Gazoo: Larry the Titan, from "Fractured", an explicit parody of Batman Gazoo Bat-Mite.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Starfire during "Date with Destiny". The kicker? She really has green eyes. Bright, glowing green eyes.
- Green Eyes Take Warning: Starfire, especially once she attains the use of eye beams.
- Grenade Tag: Robin.
- Grievous Harm with a Body:
- Pantha gets a few of these scenes, only the body she's doing grievous harm with isn't usually a willing participant.
- Grumpy Bear: Doom Patrol. Poor Doom Patrol.
- Harmless Villain: Doctor Light.
- Half-Arc Season:
- Except for Season 5, where all but three episodes (the origin story episode, the Go-Karting with Bowser episode, and the final episode) are in some way connected to the fight against the Brotherhood of Evil. And even the final episode mentions how the Titans have just come back from defeating them.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Raven is half-demon. A case could be made for Cyborg as a half-robot.
- Heel-Face Turn: Jinx
- Hero of Another Story:
- The Titans rescuing the lost Doom Patrol members in Homecoming.
- Raven and Cyborg escaping Mad Mod's traps in his debut.
- Heroes Unlimited: Season 5.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Starfire is a common target for boys, in the show and in Real Life.
- Heroic Sacrifice:
- In "Aftershock Part 2": Terra.
- In "Snowblind: Red Star. A supercharged supersoldier from Russia, he willingly locked himself up in a old power plant for years to keep from hurting other people due to his body discharging radiation every few hours and at the end of the episode has Starfire take him into the stratosphere when he goes supernova due to an overload from battle. He returns in the second-to-last episode with no particular explanation.
- Robin nearly pulls one of these in the Season 1 finale by blasting himself with the same deadly nanites that were killing the rest of the Titans, gambling on Slade being more willing to let them all live than to let Robin die. He was right, too.
- His Own Worst Enemy: Raven is her worst enemy by far. Even her dad, who was the ultimate personification of evil pales in comparison (he was beaten easily after Raven resolved part of her inner conflict). In fact, her stoic personality is her way of controlling her dark side.
- Hostile Show Takeover: The theme sone of the episode Lightspeed is interupted by the H.I.V.E. Five, who claim that the show is theirs now. The Teen Titans don't appear anywhere in the episode, except for Kid Flash. The Teen Titans are back by the next episode though.
- Hot-Blooded: Robin and Cyborg.
- Hot-Blooded Sideburns: Control Freak has a long pair of them.
- Hotter and Sexier: Notably averted and a source of some criticism from those hoping for a more direct adaptation of the comic book. The character designs for the Titans were made more awkward and teen-like than their comic book counterparts. Although this can be said for virtually all the characters, Starfire is the obvious poster child for this particular aversion.
- How About A Smile: When Killer Moth's daughter, Kitten, forces Robin to take her to prom in exchange for Killer Moth not releasing his mutant moths, she tries to force him to look like he's enjoying himself.
Kitty: And would it kill you to smile?
- Human Outside, Alien Inside: Pops up for Starfire from time to time, such things as her allergy to metallic-chromium and strange recipes. Also when she attempts to "bathe" her pet, Silkie, by licking it like a mother cat. With a two-foot-long tongue. Apparently, she also has nine stomachs. And let's not get started on her transformation....
- Human Resources: "Employee of the Month".
- Humorless Aliens: Starfire has some trouble understanding why, exactly, Beast Boy's jokes are supposed to be funny. When exposed to "Why are ducks so funny? Because they're always quacking jokes!", she said something like, "Oh, I get it! It is humorous because ducks lack the large brains necessary for the telling of jokes!"
- I Have No Mouth: Parodied in "Fractured".
- I Shall Taunt You: One of Gizmo's usual battle strategies. It rarely actually works, though.
- Idiot Ball:
- If It Swims, It Flies: The T-Sub quickly became the T-Ship capable of deep space travel. Lampshaded in that Cyborg was quite adamant about it being built for deep-sea, not deep-space.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Cyborg, Raven, and Terra. Notable in that Terra's subsequent retirement was permanent, and implied as being for the better.
- Imagination-Based Superpower:
- Beast Boy can turn into any animal he's ever seen. Including alien creatures.
- Raven's powers, even more so in Go! where they start allowing her to make objects out of energy.
- Argent's powers seem to work this way as well.
- Don't forget Melvin!
- I'm Standing Right Here: "And I thought Raven was grumpy."
- In the Blood: Raven's demonic heritage and power, which she resists.
- Inferred Survival
- Ingesting Knowledge:
- In one episode, a mage teaches Raven an ability to absorb (not literally) many books at the same time, as it's faster than reading them.
- Starfire learning languages through lip contact might be considered this.
- Innocent Aliens: Starfire. Innocent, but a far cry from helpless.
- Innocently Insensitive: Cyborg in "Troq" when he calls Starfire "Troqqy" not knowing it's offensive.
- Ironic Birthday/Dangerous Sixteenth Birthday: If you don't know Raven that well, don't even try to plan a birthday party for her.
- I Regret Nothing: Terra in "Aftershock".
Terra: My name is Terra. I have done horrible things. And I have absolutely no regrets.
- Ironic Echo:
Beast Boy: It's your life Terra, your choice, it's never too late to change.
Terra: Things change, Beast Boy. The girl you want me to be is just a memory.... you're the Teen Titan. That's who you are. That's not me. I'm not a hero. I'm not out to save the world. I'm just a girl with a geometry test next period and I haven't studied.
- Irritation Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery: Inverted, though for a moment, everyone who was imitating Robin was afraid it might hold. Robin actually was flattered. It's a good thing the True Master taught him not to take himself so freaking seriously.
Robin: You know, Robins, the mask makes me feel cool, too.
- It Came from the Fridge: "Final Exam". Later played with, as Mammoth has absolutely no problem scarfing the entire fridge.
- I Was Just Passing Through: Completely averted by Red X. In "X", Red X tracks Robin down to Professor Chang's lair Just in Time to snatch Robin out of mid-air before Robin can fall into Chang's disintegrator cannon. When Robin comments on this, Red X doesn't try to claim that he acted for his own reasons.
(after Red X saves Robin's life)
Robin: I thought you didn't like to play the hero.
Red X: Doesn't mean I don't know how.
- I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure: Slade uses this threat to make Robin his apprentice. It works... for a short period of time.
- Jobber: Dr. Light ends most of his appearances in short order as the unfortunate target of Raven's Superpowered Evil Side. After getting one episode where he actually was a threat in Season 5, the Grand Finale ended with his attempted bank robbery being responded to by the entire extended Titans team.
- Just a Machine Cyborg sometimes feels like this.
- Keet: Beast Boy, of course. To the next level.◊
- Kid Hero, All of them!
- Kid Hero All Grown Up: A darker, more pessimistic variation comes from the episode "How Long Is Forever?". Starfire pursues a time-traveling villain 20 years into the future, where she finds that, shortly after she disappeared, the other Teen Titans disbanded and went their separate ways. In this future, Cyborg is stuck hooked up to Titans Tower's power supply, Beast Boy is balding, overweight and has a miserable job as a one-man zoo, Raven is in a mental asylum, and Robin has taken on a new identity, Nightwing. Near the end of the episode, however, all the Titans band together again to defeat the villain, and Starfire returns back to her time.
- Knight of Cerebus:
- If Slade or Trigon is in an episode, it's pretty much a guarantee it won't be humorous (except for the first few Season w episodes with Slade, but even then he wasn't played for laughs, though he also wasn't as creepy as he'd become later on). Also, Terra. You wouldn't think it at first but once all her deep emotional issues and comatose conscience come to light, you get the impression she's not there for fun and games...especially in her second appearance where she tries and succeeds in killing each of the Titans. Apparently anyway.
- The Puppet King, villain of the episode Switched, was extremely creepy and tried to destroy the Teen Titans' souls while keeping their bodies as his slaves.
- Kuudere: Raven — although occasionally someone manages to push Raven over into using the more aggressive Tsundere tactics.
- Large Ham: Brother Blood, before Aquaman comes to mind. Both voiced by John DiMaggio, no less.
- Trident also deserves a mention here:
- Last Minute Hookup:
- Robin and Starfire are ship teased throughout the whole series. They finally kiss in the last few minutes of Trouble in Tokyo.
- Laughably Evil: A few villians, with Control Freak being one of the most apparent.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
- In the Trapped in TV Land episode "Don't Touch That Dial", Cyborg recognizes the episode of the show they're in as being episode 1 of the fourth season. Feel free to guess what episode and season "Don't Touch That Dial" is.
- The same episode (also known as "Episode 257-494", its production number) also has Robin grabbing the camera, declaring that watching television while Control Freak was inside will liquefy your brain. For added comedic value, the show they were interrupting during the scene featured a doctor who had discovered the secret to world peace and was going to share it with the viewers.
- It also has a mugshot of Control Freak on a news bulletin, with him holding up a number: 257-325—the production number of "Fear Itself", Control Freak's first appearance.
- And to really nail down the ways this episode mutilates the fourth wall, it even goes after the in-show version of it - at the very end of the episode, Cyborg and the red-clad woman from the soap-opera scene are hugging.
- Leeroy Jenkins: The Doom Patrol partially due to Mento's Good Is Dumb and Knight Templar tendencies. Robot Man manages to be a particularly egregious example on his own though, getting taken down over two episodes than any of the Titans over the entire course of the series. Even lampshaded by Raven: "You sure he has a brain in there?" Suffice it to say, he'd be a lot worse if he wasn't literally Made of Iron.
- Left the Background Music On: In the episode where Mad Mod tries to put all the Titans in detention, an Ear Worm-y song is played during their attempted escape. Right before the "exit" is discovered, Robin turns a switch on a bust of Mad Mod, ending the song. For reference, the song is K2G, by Puffy Ami Yumi.
- Leotard of Power: Raven, though averted with Starfire (whose costume in the comics defines Stripperiffic).
- Lethal Chef: Raven's pancakes — burned like charcoal on the outside, still runny on the inside. Starfire may be a perfectly competent cook by Tamaranian standards but... well, it's called pudding of sadness and is produced by someone who treats mustard as a beverage...
Starfire: Wonderful!! I shall go cultivate the fungus!
- Let's Get Dangerous: Beast Boy has these moments quite a bit.
- Light Feminine Dark Feminine: Starfire is the light, Raven is the dark.
- Lighter and Softer: The '80s comic had a much darker tone than you might expect.
- Limited Wardrobe:
- The team even sleeps in their costumes, though understandable as they live in a giant letter on an island near the city, tower assaults at night are always a possibility.
- This is repeatedly demonstrated for every character (except Cyborg, who doesn't wear clothes).
- Robin's closet is revealed to contain only multiple sets of his costume, complete with gadgets for each one. When the other members of the team decide to try them on, Hilarity Ensues.
- Starfire is shown carrying dozens of copies of her uniform out of her room when she goes to get married.
- Literal Ass Kissing: Beast Boy does this to himself in "Wavelength."
- Little "No": Raven, in "Birthmark."
- Loners Are Freaks: Raven.
- Loss of Identity: Cyborg's greatest fear.
- Lost The TV Remote: "Final Exam".
- Love at First Punch: Robin & Starfire when they first met.
- Love Can Make You Gonk: Starfire has been known to do this when coming across something too cute for words.
- Macabre Moth Motif: Killer Moth.
- Made of Iron:
- Everybody. Repeatedly blown through walls, or fall from great heights. Especially notable when it comes to Badass Normal Robin.
- He shouldn't have been able to survive any of his fights with Slade.
- Even mentioned by Cyborg at one point during "Haunted":
Raven: His heart rate is off the charts.
Cyborg: Blood pressure, neurokinetics - most people can't survive that kind of stress!
- Magicians Are Wizards: The Amazing Mumbo.
- Magic Kiss: Starfire learns languages this way; see Aliens Speaking English above.
- Magic Skirt:
- Mailer Daemon: Malchior.
- Male Gaze: The camera seems to suffer from this, but it's subtle enough you don't notice unless you look.
- Malfunction Malady:
- Starfire is allergic to metallic chromium. It causes her to sneeze starbolts. Explosively.
- Don't forget Beast Boy's cold-caused sneeze trigger transformations.
- Mama Bear: Raven, of all people. It just goes to show, you never can tell. "Nobody messes with my kids!"
- Marked Change: Raven.
- Marshmallow Heaven: In "Forces of Nature", Starfire hugs Beast Boy, as a cat, after forgiving him for the motor oil balloon prank. If you look carefully, Beast Boy is rubbing his face on her boobs. Hey, he's a teenage boy, what did you expect?
- Martial Arts Do Not Work That Way: Season 1 Robin being the most frequent offender; fortunately, he does clean up his act, and his fights that don't invoke this more than make up for the ones that do.
- Masked Luchador: Pantha, a rare female example.
- May-December Romance: Between Raven (teen) and Malchior (easily a few centuries, if not millenia).
- The Mean Brit: Mad Mod, who's mean, but also wacky and entertaining — and appears to be motivated by a need to correct young people's education and grammar.... And also has an aversion to America in general; hence Jump City's makeover in "Revolution" to look more like a mish-mash of English cities.
- Which might beg the question, why not show defiance by trying to embody Scotland?
- Meaningful Name:
- Terra. Guess what her powers are.
- In a similar vein, Cyborg's cover identity when he infiltrates the H.I.V.E. Academy: Stone. This is more of a nod towards Cyborg's real name Victor Stone. The fake power more likely came about because of the name, not the other way around.
- Mecha-Mooks: Slade's minions.
- Me's a Crowd: Billy Numerous.
- Metaphorgotten: "Run run run as fast as you can, you can't catch me... catch you, uh... I'm Billy Numerous!"
- Military Mashup Machine: Submarine + rockets = spacesub!
- Mind-Control Eyes:
- The Teen Titans have pink-tinted eyes in the episode "Mother Mae-Eye", when they are under the titular character's spell.
- Brother Blood's victims have glowing red eyes when he's directly controlling their actions, but normal ones when they're just being influenced.
- Beast Boy, along with the citizens of Jump City, have the stereotypical spirals when under Mad Mod's hypnosis.
- Mind Rape:
- Slade's attack on Raven.
- Raven's first battle with Dr. Light.
- Cyborg almost suffers this at the hands of Fixit.
- Robin in the episode "Haunted" suffers one big Mind Rape.
- Missing Mom: Arella. Someone had to give Raven her looks.
- The Mole: Terra.
- Monster of the Week: The Titans have a couple of villains who are Monster of the Week (bssides of the ones where the Brotherhood of Evil reunites them). Some villains were lucky to have two appearances.
- Mood Whiplash: The show basically had three kinds of episodes: dark and serious ones with occasional comedy, largely serious plotlines but with plenty of wacky hijinks on the side, and completely insane goofy ones. Apart from the multiparters, which were pretty much all the first type, all bets were off as to what the next episode would be like, and it wasn't at all uncommon for something serious to be followed up immediately by something bizarre (or vice-versa).
- "Fractured" goes from Larry's Cartoony Crayon World to Rancid's Gothtastic Reality.
- Raven (in regard to the latter): "Cool! I-I mean, oops."
- "The Sum of His Parts" goes back and forth between two storylines. The main one features Cyborg being held prisoner by Fixit, who wants to remove his human parts and turn him into a full robot, and almost having his memories erased in a scene that could rival "Birthmark" for Mind Rape factor. The subplot features the rest of the Titans in their efforts to catch Mumbo Jumbo, who they think is responsible for Cyborg's disappearance, in a chase scene over-the-top with silliness and visual gags.
- "Birthmark" starts out with the Titans battling Dr. Light. They joke about his incompetence, and go out for doughnuts, all except for Raven. And then, in a remote location, Slade bursts out of the ground after two seasons of being dead. It gets worse.
- More Dakka: Cyborg when Slade's army starts marching to Titans Tower ("Rhe End (Part 1)"). Arm cannons? Try two giant arm cannons, MMM-grade missile launchers in the chest and shoulders, a giant cannon on his shoulder, and draining the Tower's power to feed it all. Of course, Slade is left standing, his army rises out of the ground, and Cyborg is completely drained afterwards.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: The monster from "Wicked Scary" ("Fear Itself").
- More Than Mind Control: Terra.
- Most Common Superpower: Raven is... very well... "developed", compared to the other female characters. Starfire is a very (emphasis on very) close second, with poor Terra as dead last. This is funny, considering how curvaceous Starfire is in the comics (more so than Raven).
- The Movie: Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo.
- Mr. Fanservice: Some of the males were this, especially Aqualad and Nightwing.
- Ms. Fanservice: Starfire and Raven seem to be nearly neck-and-neck here.
- Mud Wrestling: The infamous fight between Raven and Terra.
- Mushroom Samba:
- A very unfunny version. In the episode "Haunted", Robin accidentally inhales an unnamed hallucinogen from an old mask of Slade's. Unlike most examples, however, this Mushroom Samba leads to one of the darkest episode of the series. Robin hallucinates that Slade is everywhere and goes on a rampage trying to stop him, even going so far as physically hurting Starfire, his love interest, and threatening to "take down" his team if they try restraining him. The drug manifests every blow on his body as though he really is battling someone, and so before he realizes that bright light disperses the visions, he's nearly beaten to death by himself.
- Cyborg gets his turn in "Crash", when Beast Boy accidentally gives him a computer virus. He runs around crazily and eats everything in sight, while having strange food-related hallucinations.
- Must Make Her Laugh: Beast Boy tries to make Raven laugh throughout the series, after seeing her laugh in the prequel episode, succeeding twice, once in the Journey to the Center of the Mind and again when a cold has caused him to randomly transform.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Beast Boy in "The Beast Within" when chemicals causes him to become complete feral. He kidnapped Raven and knocked her into catatonia.
- Mystical White Hair: The mysteriously waifish Chrysalis Eater, who is portrayed as Wise Beyond Her Years.
- Mythology Gag:
- In one episode, Red X, an alter ego Robin used, returns, and it's definitely not Robin. On BB's board-o'-theories, a careful viewer can notice "Jason Todd" and Nightwing.
- Larry's real name: "Nosyarg Kcid" in "Fractured".note
- Beast Boy being referred to as a "changeling" in "Winner Take All".note
- When Cyborg infiltrates H.I.V.E., he uses the alias "Stone"; in the comics, his civilian identity is Victor Stone.
- In the same episode, Beast Boy shuts up Robot!Cyborg by turning into a starfish and clamping over his face, in a manner very reminiscent of classic DC villain Starro the Conqueror.
- A lot of the lines from Terra's episodes are slightly changed from the Judas Contract, such as Terra referring to Raven as a "witch" (she referred to her as that a lot in the comics). Terra being turned to stone and the monologue is also very reminiscent of Terra's burial statue and the monologue during her death.
- Beast Boy's infinite movie and TV show knowledge is possibly a reference to the fact that he was, at one point, a television actor in the comics.
- In "Mother Mae-Eye", the titular villain character combs Robin's hair in the style that the original Dick Grayson version of the character wore (y'know, the one without pants), which he eventually shakes out.
- His hair also slips into this for a few seconds in "Date With Destiny". He's very quick to shake it out.
- When Beast Boy dresses up in Robin's costume, he jumps through a screen held by Starfire that proclaims him "The Sensational Character Find of 1965". This is an homage to the title page of Robin's first ever appearance in Detective Comics, and the date of Beast Boy's first appearance (Robin himself was "The Sensational Character Find of 1940").
- In the "The End, Part 1", Beast Boy finds a penny, with the date of 1964 which he then gives to Raven for "good luck". The Teen Titans debuted in The Brave and the Bold #54 (July 1964).
- Right before Robin and Starfire have their big damn kiss in the movie, she tells him to "Stop talking". It's rather minor, but Starfire said variations of this frequently to Dick Grayson in the comics.
- Negated Moment of Awesome: During the Titans' first meeting with H.I.V.E., after the other four Titans are eliminated from the fight, Robin simply motions for them to Bring It and then all three attack at once and send him plummeting into the sewers.
- Never Say "Die": Played completely straight, even the reason why Slade went by his civilian name rather than his codename in the comics: Deathstroke. The most egregious example would have to be in the season 2 finale where just about every variation of death and kill is used but the actual words: Destroy, annihilate, exterminate, eliminate, etc.
- Never Split the Party: As explained by Beast Boy.
- He doesn't die, but he's the first to go down.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Terra could have probably been persuaded from Slade's influence earlier if it wasn't for the fact that Beast Boy pushes her off the edge when he declines her friendship at the very end of "Betrayal". Way to go, hero.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Thanks to Terra going ridiculously overboard in trying to destroy the Titans and the city, and generally prove herself a villain, the Titans manage to put aside any past feelings toward her and kick her butt easily the next time she confronts them by herself. And then Slade does some fixing of his own when he decides to be an asshole to Terra and take physical control of her through her supersuit, which is a big factor in Terra's final Heel-Face Turn.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: Raven. There are possible justifications for it, such as just using new spells or perhaps being afraid to go all out due to her demon nature.
- No Ending: The last episode, verging on Mind Screw territory.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown:
- Pretty much the entirety of "Haunted".
- Each of the Titans are capable of giving a good one when they really cut loose. Usually that requires either Heroic Resolve or a Berserk Button to be pushed, however.
- No One Could Survive That: Slade ending up in a lava pit. We even see his mask swallowed by the lava. Toasty.
- No Sell:
- Occurs semi-regularly, but a notable example is in "Wavelength" when Cyborg hits Brother Blood with a (small) missile and there isn't even any Clothing Damage when the smoke clears.
- But that's nothing compared to "The End: Part One": While trying to stop Slade and his army of fire demons from entering the Tower and taking Raven, Cyborg plugs into the Tower's power supply and unleashes a pair of gigantic shoulder cannons whose payload is implied to be somewhere in the vicinty of a suitcase nuke. When the dust clears, Slade just cracks his neck back into place while the fire demons promptly regenerate.
- The Notable Numeral: The H.I.V.E. Five.
- Not Just a Tournament: In "Winner Take All", a number of teen superbeings are teleported to an unknown location, where the Master of Games invites them to take part in a Tournament of Heroes that will determine which of them is the greatest young hero on Earth. What the competitors don't know is that when they lose, they're trapped within the Master's jewel so he can use their powers.
- Not So Above It All: Raven dressing up as Robin in "The Quest" after Starfire, Beast Boy, and Cyborg urge her to do so.
You know, Robins, I've gotta admit, the mask makes me feel (Luminescent Blush)
- Not So Different:
- The basis of Slade's We Can Rule Together crusade towards Robin. The team even calls Robin out on it a few times, after he does something dickish.
- Demonstrated terrifyingly effectively in the Season 4 finale, when Slade and Robin fight off an army of Trigon's lava monsters, using the exact same moves. As Robin points out though, there is one major fundamental difference between them:
- Not-So-Imaginary Friend: Bobby, the giant teddy bear that Melvin created. "Created" as in Melvin's power is to make things she imagines real.
- Not This One, That One: In "Betrothed", Starfire returned to her home planet for her Arranged Marriage. When her sister announced Starfire's husband-to-be, a beautiful Tamaranean boy showed up and Starfire was actually looking forward the idea of being his wife. The boy then revealed a hideous-looking alien as the actual husband-to-be, much to Starfire's horror.
- Nothing Personal: Said by Jinx right before attacking her ex-teammates.
- Occidental Otaku:
- Beast Boy. Not only he knows his sci-fi knowledge, he's a manga worshipper. Curiously, despite being one, BB doesn't actually seem to know what it means.
- And Control Freak. Can't forget him.
- Starfire technically counts in the Titans in Tokyo movie where she quickly mastered playing a combination Guitar Hero/DDR/Whack-a-Mole arcade game, where she gets the attention and praise of everybody in the arcade.
- Office Sports: Stankball, using a ball made from unwashed socks.
- Official Couple: Robin and Starfire, Kid Flash and Jinx. For a while, Beast Boy and Terra.
- Offscreen Teleportation: Slade is fond of this.
- Oh, Crap: Quite a few moments.
- Cyborg in the TV Land episode when he reassures the team that the Jones Lake Monster is just a guy in a costume since they're in TV, then realizes tat it WASN'T a costume.
- Robin, Starfire, and Raven in "Crash" whenever Cyborg mistakes them for food.
- Cyborg in "Bunny Raven"
Cyborg: (his sonic cannon is turned into a flag toy) " 'Bang!?' Oh dang!"
- One Extra Member: The Hive Five end up having six members. Lampshaded by Kid Flash.
- One, Two, Three, Four, Go!: The theme song is the Trope Namer.
- Orange-Skinned Alien Babe: Starfire, who also has Green Eyes.
- Orbital Kiss: In The Movie, with the first aforementioned official couple.
- Other Me Annoys Me: Nosyarg Kcid, Sorry, "Larry" to Robin.
- Out of the Inferno: Val Yor does this.
- Overly Long Gag: The goofy chase in "Mad Mod" quickly becomes this.
- Painted-On Pants: Pretty much all the guys.
- Panty Shot:
- While Starfire's skirt is magic, there have been episodes where the camera is nice enough to give the viewer a view up her skirt in a "blink and you'll miss moment". Sometimes that area is the same color as her skin...
- Same goes for Elasti-Girl and Kole. Like Starfire, they were the same color.
- Pardon My Klingon: Starfire occasionally spouts odd Tamaranian curse words and insults.
- Parent Service: This show happened to appeal to older fanboys.
- Parody Commercial: In "Don't Touch That Dial", with Rattling Off Legal.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Terra, which symbolizes when she's working for Slade.
- Pick on Someone Your Own Size
- Pietŕ Plagiarism: Raven holding an injured Robin in "Birthmark". Added irony for being caused by Trigon and that they are in a church. He returns the favour a bit later once Slade is done with her.
- Plot-Induced Stupidity:
- Raven has a very diverse set of magical powers that she mainly uses to throw things at people. There's also Cyborg's seldom used detachable limbs and grappling hook hand. Not to mention he can turn his hands into like any tool he can think of.
- In the episode "Kole" the entire Titans team ends up falling through a huge hole into a prehistoric world. Despite Beast Boy being able to turn into flying animals, Cyborg's above mentioned grapple hook and Robin owning every swinging rope gadget imaginable. Starfire and Raven on the other hand somehow completely forget they can fly.
- Starfire's forgetfulness is particularly bad. One minute she's lifting tons over her head and flying faster than light, and the next she's struggling against badass normals. Justified because her powers are affected by her emotional state.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Beast Boy!
- Poor Communication Kills:
Robin: Do NOT separate! I repeat! DO NOT SEPARATE!
Robin, as heard on the ship's communication: (static) separate! I repeat! (static) SEPARATE!
Starfire: As you wish. (The ship separates. Cue the Titans being stranded on an alien planet.)
- Post-Kiss Catatonia:
- The Movie's random Japanese boy from whom Starfire Mega Mans the language.
- Also Robin, after Starfire first kisses him and then pushes him to the ground when he first meets her in "Go".
- Post Script Season: Season 5.
- Power Crystal: Raven's red forehead crystal.
- The Power of Friendship:
- Pragmatic Adaptation: Given Terra's past as a mercenary and having a relationship with Slade, despite being only fifteen, it's little wonder they made the changes they made to her.
- Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: Several.
Starfire: I am sorry to disappoint you... but I am stronger than I look.
Beast Boy: I'm not a man... I'm an animal!
Robin: Lady, you are not my mother.
- Pretty in Mink: Raven's winter outfit is basically her uniform with fur trim.
- Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: Terra. "I don't have any friends, remember?"
- Pull a Rabbit out of My Hat: Mumbo. Even better, the rabbit in question is Raven. It's complicated. Cyborg sums it up — somewhat.
So Let Me Get This Straight
: We're [Robin, Starfire, Beast Boy and Cyborg] inside Mumbo's Hat and Raven's inside Mumbo's Hat INSIDE Mumbo's Hat?!"
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "YOU! RUINED! MY! DRESS!"
- Puppet Permutation: The Puppet King episode.
- Race Lift: A possible case for Jinx. In the comics, she was Indian (and bald); on the show she's chalk-pale, but most likely Caucasian. However, the comics Jinx had a completely different set of powers concerned with elemental control. There was another Jinx with luck-based powers, but that one was male, in a spandex bodysuit which covered the head.
- Rain Aura
- Rape as Drama:
Slade: No, Robin. I won't stop. Not now, not ever. I am the thing that keeps you up at night. The evil that haunts every dark corner of your mind. I will not rest, and neither will you... I'm very real. Could you have gotten all of those bruises from someone who wasn't there?
- It's even worse in "Birthmark". Slade rips off a considerable portion of Raven's outfit. He then grabs her by the arms. While she moans in agony. Holy crap.
Slade: You have no other choice!
Slade: Yes. Look at it. Drink it in.
- Reality Warper:
- The Real Remington Steele: The second Red X.
- Reality Has No Subtitles: Guatemalan siblings Mas y Menos only speak Spanish and are not given subtitles. While this makes for some hilarious moments when interacting with their Spanish-illiterate team mates, they become comedy gold if you can actually understand them.
- Rebus Bubble:
- Raven + Larry = NUCLEAR EXPLOSION!
- Ham and eggs, does not equal Beast Boy.
- Ice Cream + Sushi = the flavor of Starfire's glorrkh dish, according to Terra.
- Redemption Equals Death: Terra, though she does return... Sorta.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning:
- Villainous Professor Chang, whose red eyes are caused by his eyegear.
- Raven's "anger" emotion.
- Brother Blood and anyone he brainwashes.
- Red-Headed Hero: Starfire and Kid Flash.
- Remember That You Trust Me
- Remembered I Could Fly:
- Seemingly played straight when Beast Boy wants a moped and Robin reminds him he doesn't need one, because he can fly. Then averted when Beast Boy says he already knew that, but complains that his arms get tired.
- justified in one chase scene where it's shown that of all the fliers in the group, he's the slowest and weakest. While the others all have modes of transportation (Robin has his motorcycle or being carried by Starfire, Raven can fly, and Cyborg has the T-Car), his animal forms rely on his stamina.... which depending on which animal form he picks, can vary wildly. It even goes into Shown Their Work territory when he does become a cheetah... but quickly runs out of steam, just like in real life.
- Rescue Romance: Robin saves Starfire a lot.
- Revenge Fic: Dakari King Mykan is infamous for only writing that kind of fanfiction in general. Most of which center around him turning the Titans into jerkasses who hurt or kill their friends, because he is unhappy with the fact certain pairings got bombed (to the point that the finale literally gave him PTSD). Thankfully he sucks so much, people who write MSTingsof his work told him to grow up and do worse to the characters than what he thinks is evil.
- There's also The End of Ends which is this towards the finale of Teen Titans and doing almost exactly what the above described, with the added bonus of blowing up entire worlds just because one pairing came through while his preferred paring sank.
- Reverse Mole: Robin, when he is recruited as Slade's apprentice in exchange for his friends' lives.
- Riddle for the Ages:
- Who is Red X?
- What was in Robin's briefcase?
- Who "won" the Tournament of Heroines?
- Where are the adult heroes?
- What was the deal with Terra in the series finale?
- Ridiculously Cute Critter:
Starfire: Awww! You look so cute!
- Right Behind Me: After Robin left for further training, Raven eventually joins the other Titans in dressing up as Robin.
Raven: I have to admit, the mask makes me feel...cool. (blushes)
Robin: The mask makes me feel cool too.
- Rise of Zitboy: Starfire, in the episode "Transformation".
- Rocket Boots: Slade's ninja-minions have these. Cyborg does too, but he rarely uses them.
- Rousing Speech: Most memorable is Beast Boy's speech in the Season 5 finale.
Beast Boy: Look, this may not be the perfect team, but it's all we've got. We're the Teen Titans now! If we work together, we can accomplish anything.
- Running Gag:
- Starfire's bad English and being unaccustomed to Earth culture.
- Robin is short and wears a lot of hairgel.
- Cyborg's car being destroyed or damaged.
- Silkie becomes on in most of the episodes after "Can I Keep Him".
- [Eastern] Zandia; only mentioned in "Crash".
- Also Terra's home country, Markovia, which was revealed in the comics.
- Sad Clown: Beast Boy in the future. More like Beast Boy, period.
- Samus is a Girl: Sarasim.
- Sassy Black Woman: Bumblebee is immune to mind control because "Ain't no man tell me what to do".
- Scaled Up: Malchior.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: The first clue that "Bob" in "Employee of the Month" is a little off.
- Screaming Warrior:
- Everyone gets a turn, often when making their first move in any given battle.
- Robin. Every time he moves.
- Screw Destiny: Raven's ongoing fight against a prophecy that she will aid her demon father in destroying the world. Which she loses, but then kicks on the nuts.
- Starfire had one of these moments at the end of How Long Is Forever?
- Script Wank: Lampshaded! After defeating Control Freak, Robin states that the lesson this week was to not watch too much TV... until he's reminded that they only won because Beast Boy watches too much TV, thereby deliberately smashing the Aesop into tiny little pieces.
- Sealed Evil in a Can:
- Trigon in season four, where his daughter Raven becomes his portal into the world, allowing him to turn every creature in the biosphere into stone and cover the planet in lava.
- Also, the dragon Malchior in an earlier episode qualifies, sealed in one of Raven's spellbooks.
- Second Person Attack: Frequent. Cyborg does it in the title sequence.
- Self-Deprecation: Robin's "This Show Will Rot Your Brain" rant in "Don't Touch That Dial" could be taken as against the cartoon itself!
- Series Fauxnale: Season 4's three-part finale, "The End."
- Shadow Archetype
- Slade and Red X to Robin
- Terra and Jinx to Raven
- Blackfire to Starfire
- Gizmo to Cyborg
- Also Season 4's mainly dead end way of preoccupying the remaining three protagonists while Robin can play the hero and Slade can set up his anti-villain/hero moment. Additionally a pretty effective way of providing tidbits of backstory and moonlights from one particular previous season.
- Shaped Like What It Sells: The balcony of the pizzeria is shaped like a slice of pizza when seen from above. The floor is the cheese and the tables are the pepperoni.
- Shapeshifter Showdown: Beast Boy vs. Genetically-modified Adonis.
- She Cleans Up Nicely
- Starfire is staggering in an evening dress and Opera Gloves
- Robin looks very nice in a tuxedo.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: Robin in "Stranded", leading to Starfire being so upset that she is unable to use her powers. He chalks it up to her not understanding what a girlfriend is. She demonstrates that she understands perfectly.
- They had ridden a Ferris Wheel together as she ate cotton candy (season 1), and she called him "my boy" in the boyfriend sense while angry in "Date With Destiny" (2x06), which was promptly followed by a slowdance after the two were declared King and Queen of Prom. Robin also has several Save the Princess moments in "Betrothed" (3x03), including scaling the side of a massive castle to get to Star. "Stranded" is in Season 4. No wonder Starfire considered them to be in a sort of relationship.
- Subverted in "Date with Destiny", when Robin yells at Cyborg that Kitten is not his girlfriend. Subverted in that Robin did not like Kitten in any way, shape, or form.
- Ship Tease: TONS of it between Robin and Starfire before they "officially" got together in The Movie.
- Most of "Lightspeed".
- Some instances for Beast Boy and Raven. Notably, the ending of "Spellbound" and most of "The Beast Within".
- Shonen Hair: Robin, probably to invoke an "anime" look more than anything.
- Shoo the Dog: Starfire with Silkie.
- Shout-Out: So many, they've been moved to their own page.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: The exchange between Slade and Robin in "Masks".
- "Shut Up" Kiss: How Starfire "learned" her English.
- Also somewhat a a subtle Smooch of Victory as she kisses after Robin frees her from her restraints.
- Also Starfire to Robin in the movie.
- Sibling Rivalry: Starfire and Blackfire. Oh. So. Much.
- Sidekick Glass Ceiling
- Though not a sidekick, Beast Boy.
- Also denied — Comicdom's best-known sidekick leads the team.
- Sixth Ranger Traitor: Terra
- 65-Episode Cartoon: More of a subversion, though. The series was expected to end with 52 episodes. Season 5 was just as much a surprise to production as it was to fans.
- Slasher Smile:
- Raven when her demonic side first surfaced during the Dr. Light fight in "Nevermore".
- Terra also cracked a few of these during "Aftershock Part 1".
- Sliding Scale of Silliness Versus Seriousness: The whole show dances a jig up and down this. Take, for example, season three, where you've got an episode that's basically one of the most brutal, drawn out mind rapes ever put to Western Animation, very close in production order to an absurd story about Cyborg accidentally downloading a virus and trying to eat every inanimate object in sight.
- Smart People Play Chess: Raven and Cyborg, the two smartest Titans, play chess with each other in one episode; the Brain and Monsieur Mallah also appear fond of the game. Cyborg even puts "Chess with Raven" into his daily Schedule.
- Smelly Skunk: Beast Boy uses this as an attack once, unlike most examples in this trope there isn't an actual gas cloud shown, but there is a fart sound effect.
- Something Person: Beast Boy, Aqualad, Gill Girl in the tie-in comics.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: With the H.I.V.E. demonstration in the very first episode.
- Spider Limbs
- One-shot villain Fang, who has a spider for a head!
- Spinoff Babies: A similar case to X-Men: Evolution: the original comicbook began with a team of teenagers, but most of the team members in the TV series first appeared as adults.
- Squishy Wizard: Raven is not nearly as squishy as she could be, seeing as she has at least some martial arts moves, but she's still the most vulnerable to direct physical attack of anyone on the team, and if her spellcasting is interrupted the effect will usually fizzle (or worse, go haywire).
- Sssssnake Talk: The snake guardian in The Quest.
- Status Quo Is God
- Stealth Pun:
Robin: Cardiac, you're under arrest!
- Step into the Blinding Fight: For Robin in an episode he went on a quest and one of the trials was to fight a blind snake in his own element, a dark cave with zero light. He eventually has to learn to try and stop seeing his enemy and start hearing and feeling where the master is.
- Steven Ulysses Perhero: Slade's name is a pretty interesting case. His comic-book name, Deathstroke the Terminator is rejected by the bigwigs at Cartoon Network because saying death is a big no-no and the fact that "Terminator" is still copyright from Governor Arnie. As a result, the producers picked his actual name, Slade Wilson. And the weirdest thing is that it works. Deathstroke sounds like a hitman's name, which works in the original comics because he's a mercenary.
- Still Wearing The Old Colors: Beast Boy still wears the outfit of his old group. He ditches the mask after Raven calls it Goofy, but that's about it.
- Supposedly Robin is still wearing the uniform from his "old Job".
- Stolen Good, Returned Better: The Hive takes over the Titans' (filthy) Tower. By the time the Titans retake it, the Hive have cleaned it up and alphabetized their CDs. The Titans are appalled, since now they can't find anything and they were saving that blue mold. But they did find the remote!
- Story Arc: Each Season had one.
- Strong as They Need to Be: The show is fairly notorious for this. Raven, Beast Boy, and Starfire are very powerful titans but will be subjected to The Worf Effect if the situation calls for it.
- Stylish Protection Gear: The team has protection outfits that still look good.
- Sugary Malice: Mother May-Eye.
- Super-Deformed: Mostly as sight gags. And would Larry count?
- Super Hero: Hmm, I wonder.
- Super Hero Origin: Oddly, not featured until the fourth-to-last episode of the series.
- Super Strength: Cyborg. Starfire beats him in this department, though.
- Superpower Lottery: Raven, Brother Blood, and Slade while working for Trigon all seem to develop five or six new abilities in every alternate scene. Their typical powers are also pretty damn out-there. It's probably a sign when quite a few of Raven's episodes ("Switched", "Fear Itself", "Bunny Raven", "The End") feature her losing her powers in some way. And of course, her teleport-through-shadows power is only remembered when it suits the plot; if the Teen Titans need to be impeding in escaping a situation, the teleportation ability won't even come up.
- Jinx's powers seem to let her do anything as long as its considered "bad luck" for the target, anything. This can be as simple as causing small explosions or electronic mishaps, to telekinetically dismantling the chair they are sitting on, to causing the ground itself to break apart so water mains can just so happen to burst out right into the person's face. Her powers definitely made her stand out among her comrades, who were just a Super Strong Guy and a Techno Wizard.
- Surprise Creepy: "Fear Itself". It starts off very light-hearted with Control Freak, one of the goofiest, least threatening villains the series has...and then becomes a horror story about Raven not admitting her fear, causing monsters to run amuck the Tower.
- Surrounded by Idiots: In the episode "Lightspeed", Jinx remarks "I don't know why I hang around with you nitwits." By the end of the episode, she's done hanging around with those nitwits.
- Swarm of Rats: Occurs as Starfire's "demise" in the episode "Fear Itself".
- Swiss Army Appendage: Cyborg's arms (and possibly most of his body) qualifies.
- Swiss Army Hero: Beast Boy. Well, he can be whatever (Animal) you need him to be.
- Swiss Army Weapon: Robin with his discs and Speedy with his arrows. See-More's eye can change into many different kinds of weapons or tools, from a heat laser to bludgeoning projectiles, to x-ray vision and even a blimp... unclear if See-more is more of a case of a weapon or a body part though.
- Cyborg's arm can cycle through sonic cannon, blowtorch, and pretty much an entire toolbox.
- The Chew Toy: I'll give you a hint, he has pointy ears and green skin like an Orc or a Goblin, eats tofu, is a (Not very good) jokester, and is the official Plucky Comic Relief of the entire series.
- The Sweat Drop
- Tactical Rock-Paper-Scissors: In The End pt.II, Starfire, Beast Boy and Cyborg cannot beat their respective clones. So they switch and face eachother's clones instead.Needless to say, they win.
- Taken for Granite: Terra in "Aftershock Part 2" and the entire world in "The End".
- Taking the Bullet: How Terra takes out Starfire-with a boulder aimed at Robin.
- Talking to Themself: Billy Numerous has a habit of holding conversations with his clones.
- Team Pet: Silkie
- Team Shot
- Team Title
- Techno Babble: Usually Cyborg, but even Robin gets some moments.
- And we can't forget Beast Boy's 'knowledge' when it comes to all things Sci-Fi.
- Techno Wizard: Cyborg and Gizmo
- Terrible Trio: The HIVE kids. Jinx is the leader, with Gizmo and Mammoth working with her. They're pretty dangerous on their own if they put their minds to it, but generally need a higher-up to scare them into that level of competence — Slade in their first appearance and Brother Blood later. Ultimately they strike out on their own, but without a Man Behind the Man they become joke villains. And then Jinx finally gets fed up with that and does a Heel-Face Turn.
- Theme Tune: "When there's trouble you know who to call, TEEN TITANS! From their tower they can see it all...!" Cyborg sang his own variation at one point. ("When there's trouble you know what to dooooooooooooooo! CALL CYBORG! He can shoot a rocket from his shooooooooooooe! 'CAUSE HE'S CYBORG! Dodadadodo, somethin' like that! Nananana, BIG FLUFFY CAT! That's right!")
- See it here and laugh.
- The tune was also used as a cue. If Puffy Ami Yumi sing in Japanese, you're getting one of the wacky, goofy episodes. If they sing in English, it's a more serious episode. The only exception to this rule was the first Raven-centric episode, "Nevermore".
- In the Movie, not only is a translated to Japanese and back to English version sung by Beast Boy during a Karaoke scene, but also in the credits of said Movie, each of the five main characters sing (or in Raven's case, deadpans in a way that you KNOW she must be trying to look away from everyone) at least two lines.
- There Are No Therapists: One wonders how society is okay with a group of teenagers with no parental figures involving themselves in horrific violence every day without any support, except from each other. Also, each Titan has an extremely dark past which quite obviously still affects them and even interferes with their work sometimes, yet they don't try to seek help in any way, and in the case of most of them, simply try to bottle it all up.
- Thinking Up Portals: Herald, despite being Slade's son, helps Beast Boy and the other surviving Titans in "Titans Together". He can open up a portals with his trumpet, which he then carries them in a Pocket Dimension while he innocently slips by the Brain's perimeters. He's so harmless looking that the villains just think he's a random person walking through the area. During the ensuing battle, he also randomly helps others out by opening portals for others to jump through or redirect attacks.
- Throat Light: Raven in "Spellbound".
- Token Minority: The Teen Titans avert this. We have Robin the white guy, Cyborg the black guy, Starfire the orange alien, Raven the gray demonic hybrid, and green Beast Boy. Considering that they have a habit of meeting minority villains and allies, this show averts this trope pretty well.
- In the original comics, this is reversed. Starfire's Proud Warrior Race is played up a lot more, with her constantly wanting to hang out with the boys and solve everything through violence. Raven, on the other hand, is The Empath, and is a demure pacifist who cries during nearly every single fight.
- Took a Level in Badass
- Dr. Light, of all people, takes one in "Kole", by virtue of having a better plan than usual, and having very loose limits on what can be done with "light-based" powers. He loses the level with his inevitable defeat by episode's end, however.
- Control Freak takes a level in TV badass (not that it makes him any less dorky in the script) in Don't Touch That Dial, and tops it off with "I Know Karate".
- Totally Radical: Beast Boy, Cyborg, and especially Gizmo were the worst offenders.
- Town Girls: Starfire is the sweet, naive, girly one (femme), Raven is the level-headed bookworm (neither), and Terra is the tomboyish new girl (butch).
- Traitor Shot: Guess.
- Trapped in TV Land: Season 4, episode 1. Positively Troperiffic.
- Trapped In Villainy: In the first season finale, Slade forces Robin to become his apprentice and turn on his comrades, or else they will die.
- Trekkie: Beastboy. It was actually helpful in the TV Land episode to defeat Control Freak.
- Trojan Prisoner: Season 5, "Titans Together" - easy to pull off with Jericho's ability.
- True Companions: The team. Raven even says they are her family.
- TV Never Lies
- 20% More Awesome: Subverted in the episode "Only Human." Since Cyborg is, well, a cyborg, the machine part of him can measure how much effort he's actually putting in.
- Two Aliases, One Character: Robin and Red X. Although, another person did adopt the Red X persona in a later episode.
- The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Raven to Trigon and Kitten to Killer Moth. They're both powerful evil monstrous beings (Trigon being a large red demon and Killer Moth being an actual large moth), while their daughters are both pretty.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Trigon and Arella, Raven's parents. He's a huge red demon with multiple eyes; while Arella is a beautiful young woman. Kitten and her boyfriend Fang fit also. She's a pretty blonde, with a nasty attitude to boot; while Fang is a human/spider mutant, but he only wants to develop his relationship more with Kitten.
- Unexplained Recovery: The show uses this a few times to varying degrees. The most blatant example is the second season finale, "Aftershock", where Terra hunts down and seemingly kills all five Titans. Her methods range from No One Could Survive That deaths to smashing Robin with a boulder at point-blank range, at which point it immediately cuts to her kicking his crest across the floor to Slade, implying that yes, there was even a body, and she pulled it off. And then they all show up underground looking little the worse for wear and ready for round two.
- Along with Terra herself. Maybe. Possibly. I think?
- Matched (if not topped) by the fifth season premiere, where the Doom Patrol falls one by one as they fight their way to the Brain's lair, except not really.
- Red Star shows up among the numerous allies who come to the Titan's aid in the penultimate episode, even though he died by turning into a supernova in his introductory episode.
- Unflinching Walk: Robin has a "cool guys don't look at explosions" moment, even though there's no explosion and he crouches instead of walks.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Val Yor to Starfire, then to the rest of the Titans when they stood beside her.
- Unorthodox Sheathing: Robin pulls out two Birdarangs at several points in the show's run and makes a sword out of them.
- The Unreveal
- Robin's attache case in "All Revved Up".
- Also, whether the schoolgirl was really Terra in the series finale, and if so, how she lost her memory...or if she really did lose it at all. This is explored somewhat more in an issue of Teen Titans Go!
- Also, anytime Slade's mask gets knocked off something happens to make sure we don't see his face (in Apprentice II he managed to cover it with his hand before more than a silhouette could be seen, and in The End II his face was just an undead skull).
- In Final Exam, we only hear the final sentence of Robin and Starfire's conversation as they enter the living room:
Starfire: ...and that is the secret to traveling faster than light!
- Raven's backstory gets one is "Switched" when she and Starfire have to know about each other's powers.
Raven: I was born in a place called Azarath...
- In Haunted, it's revealed that the chemical reagent in Slade's mask that caused Robin's hallucinations didn't activate itself; someone had to have triggered it from outside the tower. We never find out who is behind this.
- In Trouble in Tokyo, when Robin needs to ditch his superhero persona because he was framed for a crime, you think you will finally see his eyes, but nope, now he's got big 'ol shades.
- Actually, we DO get to see his eyes for a second, when Robin and Star's moment gets interrupted by the rest of the team. Of course, they're only specks because the animation goes haywire, but still.
- Red X's identity and how he knew about the suit in the first place.
- One of the New Teen Titans shorts lampshades the Wild Mass Guessing on the subject of his identity, and the majority consensus as well. That, Red X is Jason Todd.
- Unusual Euphemism: Gizmo works in these like other people work in oils or clay. What the hairball?!
- Unusual Dysphemism: Starfire is full of these.
Starfire: (putting a flower on Robin's lapel) I believe on such occasions, it is customary to wear a dead plant?
- Vague Age: It goes with the series lack of showing anything of the heroes personal lives.
- Values Dissonance: In-universe example. In "Betrothed", Robin is appalled by the idea of Starfire having an arranged marriage, but Raven responds by asking if the Titans have any right to question Tamaranian culture. The issue's rendered moot anyway, since it turns out Starfire was lied to and she didn't have to marry anyone at all. Besides, Robin was complaining for other reasons.
- Variable Terminal Velocity
- Variations On A Theme Song
- Teen Titans had its theme song sung in Japanese at least once per season. Usually, hearing the Japanese cover meant that the episode would be of a more comedic nature.
- There was also a one-time rendition of the song by an alternate-reality Robin (aka "Larry"), also in Japanese.
- Verb This!:
Slade: All he needs is a little motivation.
Robin: Motivate THIS!
- Very Special Episode: "Troq" (racism), "Overdrive" (addiction) and "The Beast Within" (Steroid abuse).
- Villainesses Want Heroes
- Kitten demands that Robin take her to the prom, or she'll unleash mutant insects on the city. Robin is not happy. Neither is Starfire.
- Blackfire also flirts heavily with Robin in her debut appearance; however, this seems to be more about making Starfire angry than an indication of real interest on her part, as she doesn't even interact with Robin at all when she shows up again.
- Villain Takes an Interest: Slade and Robin, Brother Blood and Cyborg, Slade and Terra.
- Villain Teleportation: Red X
- Villainous Rescue: Slade in Part 3 of "The End".
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: The show always got darker whenever Trigon showed up, and the same could almost always be said of Slade.
- Voices Are Mental: In "Switched", when Raven and Starfire switch bodies, they still have their original voices.
- "Fractured" featured some Mind Screwy variant where Beast Boy, Raven and Cyborg briefly spoke in Raven, Cyborg and Starfire's voices, respectively, after snatching the other party's mouths off their faces.
- Volumetric Mouth: Expect to see this in arguments.
- Waif-Fu: Starfire may be cute and beautiful, but she packs super-strength. She even beat Cyborg in terms of sheer strength, showing she was capable of lifting at least FOUR TIMES the weight Cyborg was struggling with, and with ONE ARM.
- Was It Really Worth It?: In the Robin vs. Speedy fight during the episode "Winner Take All", Robin wins, but snaps Speedy's bow while doing so, in what had been a friendly match. After Robin celebrates his victory, Speedy asks this before being teleported away. An odd example, as both Robin and Speedy had both explicitly expressed that they'd do anything to win, and Speedy's bow didn't seem particularly irreplaceable (in fact, it inexplicably is repaired by the end of the episode).
- Wasn't That Fun?: One episode has Raven forced to take three little kids who are potential superheroes to a safe place to stop them from being kidnapped by the Brotherhood of Evil. At one point, she and the kids are trying to escape from Monsieur Mallah by riding in a cable-car, and the wire snaps. They go plummeting down the mountain in the car, which eventually crashes, but the kids land harmlessly in the snow. The two who can talk both promptly sit up and scream, "Again! Again!" Raven's reply? "NO AGAIN."
- Wave Motion Gun: In The End: Part 1. As a last resort, Cyborg hooks himself up to the Tower's electricity supply and proceeds to arm a truckload of hidden equipment. This culminates in double blasts from two massive sonic cannons, spiriting several hundred fire demons back to Hell. Probably bumped up the episode's HSQ considerably.
- In "Go" it turns out that the Gordanians also have this on their ship.
Robin: (to Starfire) You fight me, you kiss me, but you never stop to mention they have a giant particle weapon!?
- Beast Boy, a real hazard whenever Mad Mod rolls around.
- Also Terra until Beast Boy tells her that she doesn't have to let Slade control her.
- Averted with Bumblebee and Cyborg against Brother Blood; old guy never stood a chance.
- Weird Moon: A rather large one that's full for two night's straight for the Werewolf-esque episode "The Beast Within".
- Weld The Lock: Starfire does this in the third episode.
- Wham Episode
- For good writing, "Aftershock".
- For something more epic, "The End".
- Also, "Apprentice" in season 1 shocked people with how dark it was, back when the show was new and hadn't established itself yet as a serious show.
- "Things Change", the Grand Finale, due mainly to explaining nothing and having No Ending.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: At the end of the Trapped in TV Land episode Cyborg has brought a soap opera star back to reality with him. What happens to her is never explained. Then again, how she got there is never explained, either...
- In Season 5, what happened to the Doom Patrol in the finale? Their leader was shown to be obsessed with taking down the Brain, you'd think they'd know when the Brain made a move as big as capturing the Titans en masse and they'd do something about it.
- Pay close attention to Slade's butler in the pilot, for he is never seen again. (He does make a brief appearance in the comic as a victim of Ravager, but his relationship to Slade is never elaborated on.)
- He does exist and have a backstory in the main comics, though- his name is Wintergreen, and he's a relatively minor character. He appeared with the rest of the villains in "Titans Together".
- Wondergirl appears on the Wheel in Titans Together, but never appears in the episode (either speaking or not). Due to contract problems, Wonder Woman and her supporting cast isn't allowed to appear in shows she isn't a main character of. No Wonder Woman, no Wonder Girl. This doesn't apply to comics, and they somehow sorted this problem out by the time Young Justice came around.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Whether or not you think the episode "Troq" is a Broken Aesop hinges on whether you consider robots to be sentient creatures.
- When She Smiles: Raven. Occasionally, this is a sign that something's horribly, horribly wrong... Or something truly wonderful has happened.
- White Void Room: Raven's chamber in "How Long Is Forever?"
- Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises
- Will They or Won't They?: Robin and Starfire.
- Witch with a Capital B: Very memorably used by Terra against Raven.
- Wolverine Claws: Cheshire from Season 5's finale sports these.
- Word Salad Lyrics: The Japanese theme song. It's not a translation of the theme song, to put it simply.
Today we'll uphold traffic laws! TEEN TITANS!
We'll eat anything without preference! TEEN TITANS!
Earthquakes, thunder, fire, Dad
Language Arts, Arithmetics, Science, Social Studies
We're not afraid of anything
TEEN TITANS! GO!
- World-Healing Wave: At the end of Season 4.
- World Limited to the Plot: With a couple episodes being exceptions, used with full force until Season 5. A good example of this is that despite Robin, Aqualad, Speedy, and Kid Flash being characters, we never even hear the names of their adult counterparts. We also never hear Robin's name, though it's implied a couple of times to be Dick Grayson.
- Wrench Wench: Raven, of all people, though its easy to miss. Terra has this aesthetic, but isn't.
- Xtreme Kool Letterz: Kyd Wykkyd seems to have a serious aversion to the letter I.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: Terra's now an official Teen Titan, made friends with her teammates and even had a little romance with Beast Boy. You thought she's going to be a permanant character, right? WRONG. As it turns out, after the debut appearance, she seeks Slade's help, and even give out vital information to him into order for Slade to send his robot minions to attack Titans Tower. For once, we should have actually believed Raven's instincts.
- Yes, but What Does Zataproximetacine DO?: In the Trapped in TV Land episode. The product is Zinthos, from the makers of Azarath and Metrion, and it gives you what you need, exactly when you need it.
- You Are Already Dead: Robin does the Diagonal Cut version on an animated cardboard samurai monster in "Fear Itself".
- You Didn't Ask: The True Master when Robin asks why she didn't say who she really was.
- You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: Raven is easily the most powerful Titan, but makes it clear that she has to avoid strong emotions or risk losing control of her powers. She proves this by administering a couple good Curb Stomp Battles through the series (see Dr. Light in "Nevermore" and Slade in "Prophecy") when sufficiently angered. Typically this terrifies the crap out of everybody, including herself.
- A Continuity Nod in the beginning of "Birthmark" illustrates just how scary Raven was from "Nevermore". Just watch Dr. Light's reaction to seeing Raven for ostensibly only the second time here @ 1:30. She must be pretty scary....
- Beast Boy, of all people, is the runner-up in sheer scariness. In "Betrayal", he gets serious and nearly kills Slade while protecting Terra, relenting only after Slade Mind Screws them both. Then there's "The Beast Within," where mystery chemicals and fits of anger turn him into a ridiculously fast and powerful man-beast, showing what can happen when he stops being the Plucky Comic Relief and how much damage he's really capable of doing. In season four's finale, he even manages this transformation willingly. In "Things Change", he beats the living daylights out of Slade for suggesting that Terra wants to forget her past. Of course, it turns out to be Actually a Doombot, but considering the damage taken by Slade...
- Starfire is another example, as seen in the episode "Go!". After escaping her captors and fleeing to Earth, she goes on a berserker rampage, nearly destroying the entire city (didn't help there was a language barrier with herself and everyone else at the time). The other four Titans were barely able to stop her, and that was when she STILL had on her ridiculously heavy handcuffs meant to keep her subdued. Just imagine how much damage she could have done if they weren't on. Starfire only stopped when Robin offered to get the cuffs off.
- All of the Titans have this to some degree, if they get the right Berserk Button pushed.
- Your Mind Makes It Real: "Haunted", when Robin is haunted by hallucinations of Slade, Raven enters his mind and tries to calm him down by showing there is no one there - only for the hallucination to strike again and leaving Raven with a sore jaw.. And "Fear Itself", though in this case, it's just Raven's mind for everyone.
- Zerg Rush: About the only thing Billy Numerous can do. There's also Slade's attack with an army of fire-demons in the fourth season finale.