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YMMV: Sym-Bionic Titan
  • Best Known for the Booty Dancer: Thanks to The Daily What and Cartoon Brew, there are very likely many people who think that Sym-Bionic Titan consists entirely of "Booty Quake".
  • Better on DVD: The series pretty clearly works better as a longer narrative, considering that several episodes can easily be watched seamlessly. Has Cartoon Network realized this and capitalized on it with a DVD release? No!
  • Cargo Ship: Steel/H.M.E.R
  • Complete Monster: General Modula was originally a reasonable, heroic man, but all of the good traits Modula once had withered and died when his former best friend, the King of Galaluna, mistakenly left him for dead. Possessing now only a lust for vengeance against his former comrade, and a thirst for conquest, Modula betrayed his homeworld to the Mutradi monsters and slaughtered and enslaved its inhabitants. Fearing that only the princess of Galaluna, Illana, can restore the hopes of the planet's people and have them rally against him, Modula sends countless monsters to ravage the planet where she's hiding out. It's made clear in the show that the buildings and cities his monsters destroy are not conveniently empty, and at one point Modula goes so far as to send a living bomb capable of wiping out a planet to earth all so he can kill one girl. While seemingly stoic on the outside, in actuality Modula is utterly Ax-Crazy and is willing to kill anyone, even his own minions, at the drop of a hat. Instances of this can be seen when he smiles as he snaps the neck of a resistance fighter and when he casually vaporizes a minion who had failed him without even getting up from his chair.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome:
    • The use of A Flock Of Seagulls's "Space Age Love Song" as Soundtrack Dissonance in the final battle scene/Kimmy dancing on her way home.
    • The music that plays when Ilana is reminiscing about Galaluna in episode 2. The music that plays when Lance wins the war games in episode 8. In general this show is full of fantastic music.
    • For Metalheads, it's the Alien Death Hammer song.
    • The sad and touching guitar music playing in "Tashy 497."
    • Both songs in "Disenfranchised".
    • All of the songs in "The Ballad of Scary Mary". There were at least five, probably all original to the series, and they were all fantastic.
  • Ear Worm
    • The intro theme is pretty catchy.
      • DON'T FAKE IT!
    • When you're fighting and not sharing and nothing seems to work, it's time to put your heads together~ And think of something good!
    • Open the door for me...
  • Fan Dumb
    • A large amount of the fandom seems to be under the impression that Lance and Ilana actually ARE siblings. Nice job watching the pilot, guys.
    • And then there are those who blame Sym-Bionic Titan's cancellation on The Problem Solverz despite the fact that it was greenlit long before any decisions on Titan would have been made. Look at the "Help Sym-Bionic Titan Get Another Season" Facebook group and you'll see plenty of posts still blaming and blindly bashing the show.
  • Fan Myopia: It might be justified because of the series' short life span, but fans will make this show out to be CN's only saving grace to outside observers, disregarding the other good shows on its line-up and promising to boycott any CN show that appears until the show gets a second season. Which will work, right? The kicker? They tend to also forget Genndy Tartakovsky left CN to work for Sony shortly after the series ended. The protest was doomed almost from the beginning.
  • He's Just Hiding: Many Galalunians thought this about Edward, as did Lance at first.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight
  • Inferred Holocaust: Besides the huge amounts of property damage, the human casualties during the battles between the Titan and Mutraddi monsters in populated areas is downplayed, even though entire city blocks are casually wiped out every few seconds.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Lance is this to many fans.
    • Kimmy is this as well after Episode 10
    • General Modula may have started out as this (if his Start of Darkness is true) but by the time the series begins, he's thrown out any Woobie-traits and long ago crossed the Moral Event Horizon.
  • Moe
    • Young Lance is SO cute!
    • Tashy seems an intentional parody of the Japanese obsession with cute critters.
    • Princess Ilana definitely fits this.
  • Memetic Badass: THE HAMMER!! YEAH!!!
  • One-Scene Wonder: Kristin has more like two.
  • Recycled Script
    • The "Tashy 497" episode was a recycle of an old The Powerpuff Girls episode, with Ilana as Bubbles and Lance as Buttercup.
    • The entire series has a great deal in common with an old Samurai Jack episode.
  • The Scrappy: Baron
  • Sending Stuff To Save The Show: Letters, fan art, purple shirts...
  • So Cool It's Awesome:
  • Stoic Woobie: If Lance's backstory is anything to go by.
  • Strawman Has a Point:
    • During the televised Titan debate in episode 3, Steel counters the commentator's saying the Titan saved them from the fire monster by pointing out that it's probably the Titan's fault the monster showed up in the first place. This is technically true, although in his case there's no way he could have known it.
  • During the first episode, Lance's argument for not fighting the Fire Elemental Monster makes a large amount of sense.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Octus gets hooked on a childrens' edutainment shows in the third episode.
  • Tearjerker:
    • The death of Octus.
    • Tashy's farewell has caused several viewers to tear up, specially those who can relate to losing a pet.
    • Lance, as a child, still keeps habitually waking up at 2 AM after his father's death, as that's when he would always come home.
    • Ilana's Disney Death.
    • It's brief, but after Octus is unable to revive Lance and Ilana in "I Am Octus" he makes this genuinely pained expression. He doesn't say anything and it's a lot more expressive than he normally is, so it's really moving.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The HMER is introduced by delivering a Curb-Stomp Battle to a Mutraddi and is generally treated as an extremely powerful mecha...then gets unceremoniously torn to shreds in the final episode by a Monster of the Week that was introduced in that episode.
  • Uncanny Valley
    • Barb's face is pretty creepy, and the constant smile isn't helping. Actually, any human's face, if you look too closely at it... But this is typical of Tartakovsky's art style.
    • Octus will occasionally do things that fall into this —little things here and there that sometimes make him seem like an old man in a teenager's body. More egregiously, the first time he showed off his Super Speed, it was to run home as Newton to save Ilana and Lance. Through a busy city, and stopping for all the crosswalk signals.
  • What an Idiot
    • It isn't wise to tell a refugee princess that everyone on her home planet is probably dead. Nice Job Breaking It, Lance.
    • It's not a good idea to transform into a giant robot IN PUBLIC.
    • Even though it's a given for his General Ripper persona, General Steel's thickheadedness, lack of sense, and refusal to listen to reason leaves one to wonder as to how come he hasn't been sacked for gross incompetence.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: This show gets away with a fair amount of violence and an amazing amount of blatant fanservice (see on main page).
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: The end of episode 9, "Tashy 497".

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