These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Adaptation Displacement: For many younger watchers (or those who just don't read comics). Among the main cast, most people would probably only recognize Robin as a popular comic character.
Adaptation Distillation: Adapts and distills many elements from the Wolfman and Perez age of the comics along with some elements from both before and after that period.
Angst? What Angst?: It's revealed in the tie-in comic that Starfire's parents died after she was sent away as a slave by Blackfire to the Gordanians. This isn't brought up at all in the episode she returned to Tamaran. Granted, the comic came out after the episode aired, but watching it again, it becomes particularly jarring considering that Starfire displays no form of grief. Blackfire's lack of grief is justified.
Fanon for this seems to be either that Starfire's parents were so distant that she never really knew them (which given that they were royals and what we know of their culture, might make sense) or that they sold her into slavery in the first place (with or without Blackfire's prodding). There is also some consensus that she considers her Parental Substitute seen in the fake wedding episode and his wife (if he has one) to be her true parents.
Crack Pairing: In-universe, we have the Official Couple of Kid Flash/Jinx. While both characters are adapted from the comics, their ship isn't, and it's extremely unlikely too ever happen there, whether the Kid Flash is Wally or Bart.
Creepy Awesome: Raven and Slade. Raven gets less creepy as the show goes on, Slade gets more creepy as the show goes on.
It's not uncommon to find Teen Titans crossover pairings, especially ones with Raven. Some the most popular Teen Titans crossovers are Terra×Ben10, Raven×Danny Phantom, Raven×Zuko, Raven×Ben10, Megara×Speedy.
The Ben 10 and Raven ones are especially strange when you consider that the original, young Ben was also voiced by Tara Strong, the voice of Raven.
Considering the Relationship Writing Fumble on the latter series, Terra and Ben 10 is also kinda weird, since Gwen in Ben 10: Alien Force was voiced by Ashley Johnson, who voiced Terra.
Everything from the "Aftershock" and "The End" multiparters.
Here's one that doubles as a Crowning Moment of Funny: When there's trouble you know what to dooooo... CALL CYBORG! He can shoot a rocket from his shooooe... CAUSE HE'S CYBORG! Nananana, something like that! Doodadoodah, BIG FLUFFY CAT! (That's right!)
The climax of the episode Haunted is perfectly spine chilling.
Blink and you'll miss it, but when the Titans make a comeback during the big fight in the Grand FinaleTitans Together, a badass remix of the main theme song plays, slower-paced and instrumental-only.
Blackfire has a pretty sizable fanbase, most likely due to her voice, her figure and her outfit.
Kid Flash only showed up twice, but he's very well-liked by the fans. Being a suave, witty gentleman might have something to do with it.
Red X is especially impressive. We never learn anything of his background; not even his real face. He's a character original to the animated series, and he only appears in two episodes, in only one of which is he a headlining villain.
Jinx is incredibly popular, particularly in Lightspeed, so her Heel-Face Turn was met with open arms.
Slade is another. He's a villain through and through, but damned if he isn't stylish about it.
Argent. She only appears for a brief amount of time but has a lot of fans.
Evil Is Cool: Slade. He's a detestable person, but so awesome at being bad that it gets him a big fanbase.
Evil Is Sexy: Jinx, Rouge, and Blackfire. Additionally, some found Terra to be sexy when she turned evil. Even Slade has a reasonably large fangirl following, too!
A number of viewers insisted (and still insist) that Slade is in fact Batman and everything he did was merely to train Robin into becoming his own man. Even ignoring how largely out-of-character it would be for Batman* Or at least if you're not thinking of The GODDAMN Batman to try to murder the Titans, beat Robin to the point of abuse, and make a Deal with the Devil, Slade was actually based on Slade Wilson, a.k.a. Deathstroke the Terminator, a villain from the original comics.
Many fans of the show have never even heard of the Teen Titans before, and had no clue that the cartoon was based on a comic book with nearly forty years of continuity behind it. This lead to many fans to make remarkably ignorant statements regarding the writers of the comic book "stealing" ideas from the cartoon...
Many fans choose to ignore Season 5, either entirely or up until the Ambiguous Downer Ending. It's also possible that this was the intention of the writers in the first place and Season 5 is a Post Script Season. Season 4 is based on the most famous (and re-attempted) arcs from the comics, it is the last season to focus on the Titans (Season 5 mostly dealt with minor members and B-class heroes and villains), and the Season 4 finale is actually called The End. This is a heavily debated topic amongst the fans.
Later, Dr. Light appears, and Raven Mind Rapes him.
Raven: Remember me? Dr. Light:[appears terrified] I'd like to go to jail now, please.
On the other hand, this may be Fridge Horror, because he may be having subconscious flashbacks to the first time he was Mind Raped. And he remembers the fear and the damage to his mind, but he doesn't know what's going on.
But then again, Raven threatening to Mind Rape him in "Birthmark", and the show playing it for laughs, becomes this again in light of Slade Mind Raping her at the end of the episode.
Cyborg and Robin's conflict over leadership of the Titans in the end of Season 3 becomes this when, in Young Justice, Aqualad (also voiced by Khary Payton) becomes the leader of The Team instead of Robin. For a while, anyway.
Moral Event Horizon: Malchior convinces Raven to break his curse using classic sexual predator technique; preying on her despair and loneliness. And then what Slade does to Terra and Raven throughout seasons two and four respectively is bad enough, but he didn't have to sound like he enjoyed it so much.
Blackfire counts for trying to kill her own sister without remorse.
The creation of the Plasmus-Cinderblock-Overload chimera in Aftershock qualifies. Why? Because Plasmus is a person who unwillingly becomes a monster when he's awake.
Narm: Trigon is serious but his oft-used symbol looks like an evil number 5.
Ron the Death Eater: Jinx gets a lot of flak from the fanfic writers for having "betrayed her friends" and turned on the HIVE Five. Never mind the fact that they were villains who repeatedly committed theft and put human lives in danger, that the HIVE Five weren't really her friends (except maybe See-More, the only one who even seems to express sorrow at the possibility of her leaving) and were explicitly depicted as inconsiderate and lacking in any sort of drive or passion...no, to the fans, the mere fact that she was a part of their group and left constitutes a heinous crime deserving of bashing. This is an unusual example of this trope, because it's usually unambiguous heroes like...well...Ron himself that get the Death Eater treatment, not a villainess who performed a Heel-Face Turn.
Kitten takes a lot of heat from the fans, but alot of it's rather undeserved, as it's not for her unpleasant personality (which is detestable, even in-show) so much as the fact that she forced Robin to date her. Even though the real goal behind that was to regain Fang's attention after he broke up with her.
Most likely a Take That to the fans, considering the pairings mentioned (BB/Star and Aqualad/Bumblebee) seem designed to go against the established Fan Preferred Couples.
Ship Mates: Robin/Starfire - Beast Boy/Raven is the most common example. There is also Beast Boy/Terra - Robin/Raven or Robin/Raven - Beast Boy/Starfire, and Robin/Starfire - Beast Boy/Terra also exists, though probably to a lesser extent. Kid Flash/Jinx is very commonly shipped alongside any of these combinations. Cyborg usually gets paired with Bumblebee, though he is occasionally paired with Jinx, creating another (much, much smaller) battle between Cyborg/Jinx and the (far more popular) Kid Flash/Jinx. For a while, Robin/Starfire - Beast Boy/Terra - Cyborg/Raven fics were very common.
Ships That Pass In The Night: Blackfire/Red X is rather popular, and not only have they never met but both characters only appear in a handful of episodes each.
On a more basic level, Starfire has a deep backstory, yet she never got a season devoted to her own growth the way the other four did (with Robin and Beast Boy getting two in that they tied in to Raven and Terra's growth respectively), while the most growth we got from Starfire was her relationship with Robin.
Another example is Robin and Beast Boy's personal relationship with each other. Throughout the show we see them developing stronger bonds with the other members, but their relationship with each other is neutral at best and tension at worst. There's never an episode where they develop a stronger bond together.
Terra's betrayal. They didn't show us enough of her being with the team. The betrayal happened too quickly. She joins the team, pops up in a cameo the next episode, then betrays them one episode afterward.
The creators wanted to show more of Terra as a Titan, but were hampered by a budget that didn't allow for 6 regular Titans (and voice actors) plus the Villian Of The Week for more than 5 episodes. So they did their best by suggesting a longer tenure than what we saw, by showing that mute cameo, plus including a flashback of Terra helping the Titans catch Mumbo in her final episode that season.
Jericho. He's Slade's son in the comics but it wasn't even alluded to in the cartoon. Although this may have been explored if the show got more seasons.
Toy Ship: Beast Boy and Terra. OK, so they're not kids, but they're still two of the youngest characters in the show.
In the series proper, Raven needs to meditate not only to keep her powers in check, but also to keep her emotions in control. In 'Nevermore', when Raven became pissed, her anger freed the 'Rage' emoticlone inside her. It briefly took control and scared the shit out of Dr.Light. Now, that could be passed off as the evil in her taking control but later, while meditating, she momentarily acted like her 'Happy' emoticlone. All of this heavily suggests that she suffers from the 'Multiple Personality Syndrome'.
Brother Blood. Even though his power level actually seemed to go up with each appearance, his personality became increasingly hammy, petulant, and single-mindedly obsessed with Cyborg, which noticeably hurt his overall effectiveness as a villain.
Also very observable with the HIVE kids. In their first couple of appearances, they're the Evil Counterpart team to the Titans and can fight them evenly (and beat them without too much trouble if they play their cards right), but as time goes on they become complete jokes to the point that Jinx, who remained the most competent, finally jumped ship and became a hero.
This is probably because the first fight, they caught the Titans off guard. The only thing that the HIVE kids are trained to do is repeat the same strategies over and over again, without making any judgment calls or creative plans. As anyone can tell you, this does perfectly fine in an academic setting, but in the real world things DON'T always go as you plan, and then all the strategy in the world won't help. The Titans are capable of innovation and creativity, but HIVE seems to be only capable of "Repeat Pattern Alpha" and just doing that over and over.
Then again, the Titans noticeably grow in terms of skill, power and teamwork over the show's run. Jinx seems to be the only member of the HIVE Five interested in something other than using their powers for petty gain once the structure of the HIVE Academy is taken away from them.
Slade inverts this. Normally being Demoted to Dragon makes a villain less of a threat, but he actually become more of a threat during this period.
What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: To an extent. On the whole, the series was pretty kid-friendly overall, but it did have moments of this at times with storylines involving the end of the world, Blackmail when Slade threatens to kill the Teen Titans unless Robin becomes his apprentice, and a few instances ofMind Rape. Not to mention Raven's demonic heritage would make some religious parents and viewers scared.
Base Breaker: Fandom is split between Cheshire and whether or not she's an assassin who loves her children, or a sociopath who loves them so long as it's useful to her. Word of God from Gail Simone has it that she is indeed the latter due to the bombing of Qurac, though some fans point to her characterization not handled by Simone as the true Cheshire. Though the Qurac bombing was written in the early 1980s long before Gail Simone ever used her, which essentially means Cheshire has been a monster since then.
Raven is considered this in some parts of the fandom. There are fans that see her as a cliched, overused character and irredeemable for the actions she pulled under her father's influence in the '90s (including destroying Tamaran), while others insist that she's still relevant to the series and that Starfire's forgiveness was good enough.
Complete Monster: Trigon the Terrible is a demonic overlord who rules an empire where countless souls are kept in horrible bondage, with those who dare to resist (and 'resistance' can be defined as 'don't do as ordered quick enough) are ruthlessly exterminated. Trigon wishes to extend his dominion to earth and for that end, disguised himself as a handsome human being to impregnate a woman named Arella, revealing his true form and taunting her after. After invading earth, Trigon dominates the soul of his daughter Raven and corrupts her into a monster, forcing her to attack her own world and friends. Trigon's brutality extends to exterminating entire worlds simply to make a lesson. With no redeeming features whatsoever, Trigon is the most terrifying and powerful foe the Teen Titans ever faced
Danny Chase. No other character in Titans history has been so despised by the fans and beloved of the writer. He was smart-mouthed, ignorant and obnoxious, yet was always shown to be right, and often effectively handled villains.
Cassie, aka Wonder Girl II, had picked up the reigns of being the series' Creator's Pet when she became leader of the volume 3 team. The common complaint against her is that there are too manywriters on board who want to give their own interpretation of her character.
Bunker in New 52.
Die for Our Ship: Beast Boy (Changeling)/Raven vs. Beast Boy/Terra (or Terra II). Fans of the former hated there being a second Terra so much that they actively wished death on the character (they got their wish). Fans of the latter still clung to the hope that Raven would be deep-sixed for even the third Terra, citing that she would make "more sense". After both later Terras were written out of continuity, the shipping competition has since been reset to being between the first Terra and Raven.
Dork Age: A couple of eras qualify. Particularly the Atom-led new team of H'sann Natall hybrid teenagers. And the 90s up until the teams split into The Titans and Young Justice.
Yet even others believe Geoff Johns helped derail the team into a longer-lasting era of poor quality, if not being the main cause. Opinions over this vary a lot more, though Felicia Henderson's part of volume 3 is seldom ever liked.
None have been yet so reviled as Deathstroke's team of mercenaries, under Eric Wallace and Fabrizio Fiorentino. Compared to the levels of Wangst and Gorn any previous book may have had, Wallace somehow managed to turn it Up to Eleven.
Draco in Leather Pants: Deathstroke and the original Terra mostly share this reception. The '80s villain Eric Forrester has also gotten this treatment from a few fans and fanworks, despite the fact that he only wanted the power of Raven's soul-self and didn't really love her, as well as attempting to rape her. His supporters use the in-story reasoning that Eric was trying to save his humanity with his using of women for their souls, while turning him into a misunderstood nice guy that should date Raven.
The controversial "Titans: Villains For Hire" one-shot has been the subject of a great deal of (mostly negative) attention over its ending, where Ryan Choi, one of DC's few Asian superheroes, is violently slaughtered by the new team of Titans. It has even prompted a number of debates and editorials across the web over DC's handling of non-white superheroes.
The removal of all of the minorities from the Teen Titans (including the fan-favorites Static and Blue Beetle) by incoming writer JT Krul has also prompted a sizable amount of discussion on message boards, and was even mentioned by Racialicious.com, a website which deals with racially-charged issues in politics and pop culture.
Since volume 3's inception back in 2003, there had been a small but vocal number of fans who have stated their hatred for it, as the cult-classic series Young Justice was cancelled so that it's characters could be "graduated" to Titan status. In the reverse, there were also fans who disliked the current book because the Young Justice characters were added and developed at the expense of older established Titans.
Rise of Arsenal. Enough said.
Bunker has caused some minor fuss. Many critics (gay and straight alike) consider him to be a little too gay, even despite the writer's explanation that Bunker is open about his sexual preference because everybody in his hometown loved and accepted him for who he is.
Over the years, fiery debates have come up involving the original Terra: Was she really as sociopathic as Wolfman claimed, or did she deserve to be rehabilitated and redeemed...or at the very least, kept alive? It certainly didn't help that Wolfman agreed to make Terra the sister of Mike Barr's character Geo-Force, with Barr then writing Terra as sincerely loving her brother in her private thoughts at the same time Wolfman was writing her as a sociopath! Retcons by writers like Brad Meltzer (who suggested Terra was innocent) have complicated the matter further, as well as some feeling that Wolfman "played favorites" in creating Terra to be a sociopath but never calling out Raven for more destructive actions she pulled under her father's evil influence. The Terra vs. Raven parts of the debate get particularly loaded.
In Name Only: The New 52 team gets accusations like this for some of its characters.
Wonder Girl had zero connection to Wonder Woman until her father was revealed to be demigod from the Greek pantheon. She's completely unaware of this, though, so there's still no reason why she calls herself Wonder Girl beyond trademark purposes.
Solstice received an overhaul that rendered her unrecognizable and left her with vague energy and shadow based powers. This despite being a brand new character.
The New 52 version of Tim Drake is probably the most recent and biggest example of this for fans. For instance, his main role in the book is to be the expo speak guy who's a blatant Expy of Nightwing from the classic series, including the latter's Casanova approach towards women and winged costume. He also now has "Tim Drake" as an assumed name after being an idiot and bringing the Penguin's wrath down on his family, he didn't figure out who Batman was, has almost no down-to-earth ties anymore, and largely acts like a stupider, less sensitive parody of his former character. Instead of being a computer genius, his backstory was also tweaked to have him as a former athlete (which some believe furthers the Nightwing similarity, as Dick was an acrobat).
It Was His Sled: Terra being The Mole, and her general sociopathic nature. That arc is one of the most well-remembered arcs in the comics run, one of the most influential arcs in comic book history, and it helped make the series so popular in the 80s. When a kids comic spoils this in the characters first appearance, you know that its his sled. The cartoon adaptation helped renew this spoiler, thanks to Terra's popularity (though that Terra was vastly different fromthe original Terra.)
Mary Sue: Bunker in New 52 is seen as this, combined with Purity Sue, Black Hole Sue and Creator's Pet — he's the only character created for the post-Flashpoint team by the new writer, Scott Lobdell, and it shows: he's always happy, calm, clever, brave, kind and forgiving; he doesn't have any negative personality traits; he barely enters the team and already is everyone's best friend, the one everyone runs to when needing advice, the only one even the loneliest lone wolves feel close to.
Bonus points for even having purple as his primary color.
Osiris' killing of the Persuader was an accident. He tried justifying the death of Ryan Choi and everyone else he's killed as trying to bring his sister and Black Adam back. But now he freely admits that he enjoys violence and is just as bad as everyone accused him of being.
Superboy-Prime becoming full-on evil again after Headcase accidentally takes him away from Prime Earth. This nullifies any redemption he could have had in Blackest Night and solidifies his Complete Monster status.
My Real Daddy: It's widely agreed that Devin Grayson is the only writer in recent years who ever really understood not just Roy's character, but Lian's as well.
The creative team of Marv Wolfman and George Perez for the Titans in general. They didn't create the team (although they did create Cyborg, Raven, and Starfire) but they did propel the Titans to the greatest height of their popularity, which was no less than DC's # 1 selling title.
Narm: Lian Harper's funeral. The entire superhero community shows up, in their brightly colored costumes.
Harvest. It's hard to take a "Darkseid level threat" seriously when his plans are transparently idiotic.
The first issue of the New 52 series has Tim holding a picture of him and Bruce swinging through Gotham. It looks cool, until you question how he even got that picture. Seriously, did they pose for it? It outright looks like a comic book cover.
Never Live It Down: Roy's heroin abuse, which was only present for one issue of Green Arrow and then followed by him going cold turkey. It doesn't help that following Lian's death he's gone back to using it.
Relationship Sue: Terry Long, who looked a fair bit like Marv Wolfman, and was the helpless but kind older man who was sleeping with the gorgeous Donna Troy.
Danny Chase, combined with the opinion of him being a Creator's Pet.
Terry Long, for being considerably older than Donna, coming off as creepy, and his tendency to make blatant passes at her friends. He actually became even more of a Jerk Ass in the '90s, before he was killed off in John Byrne's run of Wonder Woman.
The Team Titans and other characters from the '90s are mostly considered to be Scrappies, though Flamebird and the female Hawk are other notable examples. Huge portions of the team have been this at various times, though Baby Wildebeest is a big stand-out. When you're an infant and they graphically murder you on-panel, you know the fans hate you.
Fringe of Dan Jurgens' Teen Titans is one of the most unpopular Titans ever created. Even Minion, an equally ignored Titan, has been depicted in more convention sketches than Fringe has.
Deathstroke's Titans team qualifies for this status as well. They are even more so ignored than Fringe and Minion, who are at least mentioned in nostalgic regard when discussing the past Titans team, whereas Slade's team of mercenaries is completely ignored save for when someone is mentioning a member that was already a Titan (Roy, Osiris) or associated with the group (Cheshire, Deathstroke). Anything beyond that is liable to be overly critical ranting about how much that run on the book sucked.
The DEOrphans, a group of metahuman kids from the DEO, were hated even more than the unpopular Titans. This was because they got in the way of the Titans' screentime and that they were simply useless at fighting or doing much to advance the plot. Their presence also caused the "Epsilon" arc to be heavily rewritten, and a bunch of other planned stories had been thrown out.
They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Titans becoming a villain-driven book about a team of mercenaries led by Deathstroke. The reviews for the series before the change had already been poor, but after Eric Wallace and Fabrizio Fiorentino took over, the book found its way on many "Worst Comics of 2010" lists. Two common complaints are the death of Ryan Choi and the continuation of Roy Harper's character derailment.
Unfortunate Implications: Krul's run slimmed down the team to get a more focused lineup. "Slimming down the team" consisted of removing all the minority characters.
In the older series, whenever the characters called out Kid Flash for his hatred of Russians, he claimed it was because of his "Midwestern conservative values," rather awkwardly conflating conservatism and the Midwest with bigotry.
Cinder from Titans gained some animosity for how she burned off a man's penis and testicles with her vagina, mostly because of how ridiculous and stupid it was, and her back story as a victim of sexual abuse adding a very unsavory light on her methods.
There are fans that feel the "Judas Contract" arc has shades of this, as one of the twists Wolfman employed to help mark Terra's evilness and manipulative nature was to imply that she slept with Deathstroke, with some feminist critique being put-off by this and feeling that Wolfman was exhibiting slut-shaming in the title by having Terra be evil and promiscuous (compared to Raven, the good girl who was chaste). Between her provocative dress and actions in that scene and Deathstroke's implication that they did sleep together in a follow-up arc, this section of fandom will express that Wolfman let a middle-aged man like Deathstroke off too easy for a relationship that was statutory rape, and that he had punished a teenage girl (Terra) for it by killing her.
The arc is also notorious because many feel it was insensitive toward the mentally ill, as it constantly showcased Terra as such and portrayed it as an unalterable part of her nature...and yet then claims that she's insane "through no-one's fault but her own" and that she brought about her own demise for not making the right choices. Basically, the message seemed to boil down to "the mentally ill are irredeemably evil, their conditions are their own fault, and the world is better off without them living in it."
In both fandom and the title, there's the case of the second incarnation of "Dark Raven" coming off as a Depraved Bisexual to Starfire and the memetic fan nickname for her having been "Evil Lesbian Raven". Although in the case of that version of Raven, other fans will point to there being really uncomfortable subtext in the run that implies she had actually raped Changeling and the others that she employed Mind Rape on, and that this made the entire character of Raven even more irredeemable than Hal Jordan, who had undergone his Face-Heel Turn around that time as well.
The Woobie: Kid Devil of the current generation. He has the most pathetic back story prior to joining the team, and ends up getting the worst treatment after.
Jerkass Woobie: Yes, Harper murdered a supervillain, turned his back on his friends, went back on heroin, and joined Deathstroke's mercenary team for the chance to kill Deathstroke. But considering that his right arm had been hacked off, was given a prosthetic which actually causes more pain and impairs his abilities as an archer, and his daughter, Lian, died, it's hard not to feel sorry for him. This is magnified by how out-of-character his friends and family acted during Rise of Arsenal, and by how his joining Deathstroke's Titans was mainly due to Cheshire, Lian's mother, guilt tripping him into joining by saying that he "owed" her for Lian's death.