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YMMV: Teen Titans Go!


  • Accidental Innuendo:
    • In "Artful Dodgers":
    Starfire: Perhaps this is the year you will let Raven and I participate in the dodging of balls!
    • And again when Robin puts a time limit on the other Titans' use of the bathroom in "Serious Business":
    Robin: Remember, five minutes! I WILL BE WATCHING.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Is Silkie really as oblivious as he seems? Or was his perfect stealth take-down of what seems to be an entire criminal cartel the result of a keen strategic mind motivated by the love of a woman?
    • What about Robin? Does he really want to be a good hero, looking for what's best in the city? Or a murderous psychopath who only beats villains for fame glory? Also, is he over-controlling of his team because he's tired of being Batman's sidekick and he's afraid that someone on his team will take over (because they have powers)?
    • Raven. After watching "Dreams", does she really want to kill her friends? Or is she a tortured soul Surrounded by Idiots? Trigon implied that Raven actually used to be evil, but she later grew out of it.
    • Starfire. Why does she participate in mean-spirited activities that her friends do? Is it because she doesn't know any better? Or she's tired of her friends picking on her because she's nice?
    • The Titans in general. Are they really heroes? Or are they just really power-hungry jerks?
  • Awesome Music:
    • Robin sings the old Teen Titans theme in "Tower Power".
    • In "Artful Dodgers", there's Raven and Starfire's dodgeball duet to the tune of the Titans theme song.
    • Beast Boy sings "Fade Away" by Greg Cipes in "Be Mine".
    • "Pain, All I Know is Pain."
    • Cyborg, Beast Boy, and Star's "Uncle Jokes" song.
    • Much of the background music is pretty sweet too.
  • Anvilicious: In "Vegetables": Eat a balanced diet! Or you will either turn into a overweight meat eater or a vegetarian zombie.
  • Author's Saving Throw: "Mouth Hole" appears to be a response to complaints about both Robin's Badass Decay and the former Ship Sinking of Robin/Starfire.
  • Badass Decay: Comes with the below. Most if not all the characters are, for comic book fans anyway, criminally incompetent.
    • Robin gets hit with this the hardest. In the original series, he was able to formulate a strategy to take down all of his teammates. Here? He was shown to be the weakest member of the team since he has no powers.
    • Believe it or not, Batman. The show's dialogue does try to make him out to be the intimidating badass that everybody knows and loves, but when he's actually seen, he's reduced to being nothing more than an unconcerned bystander who chuckles like Squidward.
    • Cyborg. "Ghost Boy" features a normal mountain lion mauling him to death. In the original series, and indeed several Go! episodes that aren't "Ghost Boy", he could withstand and rather handily beat up some of Beast Boy's stronger animal forms (e.g. in a fairly large, carnivorous dinosaur form, the BB clone Trigon created wasn't able to even scratch Cyborg's armor).
    • In the episode "In and Out", Mammoth, of all people, suffers this. Previous episodes established him as The Juggernaut, but this episode turns him into a weeping Butt Monkey who gets beaten up by Robin.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: When Cyborg and Beast Boy went after Pink Raven. Nothing really indicated that she could effectively make everything into a sugar bowl like land.
  • Bile Fascination: There are some viewers that hate the show but still watch it anyway.
  • Broken Base:
    • More due to the fact that it's not the revival that fans were hoping for. This is especially true concerning the switch to more of a comedic focus.
    • There's also the matter of it taking over the Young Justice timeslot of DC Nation. And by January 2015, the show is pretty much one of the very few shows that get constant reruns on the network, making people compare it to how Nickelodeon had replaced much of their animated shows with reruns of SpongeBob SquarePants.
    • The humor itself which is way different from what was seen in The New Teen Titans shorts. Especially as a few of the plots turn toward Black Comedy. As well as lack of interaction with the rest of TT heroes and villains (they get cameos at best).
    • Fans of Beware the Batman fell into this, accusing this show of "stealing" Beware's spotlight by virtue of being hyped up more and being given alternate timeslots as opposed to Beware's Saturday morning only slot and nearly bare-bones ad campaign.note  This sentiment increased when Beware had been pulled for more repeats of Go!, although Toonami later picked Beware up to finish airing its only season.
    • Mostly concerning fans of the original series; some genuinely love the current series and consider it a decent and funny followup in its own right; others, however, feel it completely misses the point of the original and has taken too many liberties with the characterizations, animation, and overall tone. A small legion of fans have gone so far as to continue to vie for Season 6 of the original series.
  • Comedy Ghetto: The focus on comedy has turned off plenty of fans from the original series.
  • Contested Sequel: If you hadn't already gathered this from the Broken Base part of the article.
  • Critical Research Failure: The superheroes and villains from Bizarro World(Or Htrae) have names that are a combination of their respected Earth counterpart and Bizarro(Batman becomes Batzarro, Wonder Woman becomes Bizarra). The episode that touches this concept just reverses the names(Robin becomes Nibor, Cyborg Grobyc).
  • Crosses the Line Twice: The second half of "Ghost Boy".
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Since the show's main source of humor relies on how horrible the team is to each other, this was to be expected.
  • Designated Hero:
  • Die for Our Ship:
    • Terra for Beast Boy/Raven (big time)
    • As well as the alternative, Raven for Beast Boy/Terra
  • Dude, Not Funny!:
    • A fair few episodes have gotten this response:
      • "Ghost Boy" as a whole. Beast Boy treating Starfire like a slave is Played for Laughs and Beast Boy pranking everybody ultimately leads to all of them accidentally killing themselves. The episode does not resolve the issue in the end when the oddity of the ending is lampshaded.
      • "Tower Power" has Cyborg becoming power mad after being uploaded to the Tower's systems and turning the other Titans into appliances to prevent them from turning him back to his old self. Fans that read the Go! comics, particularly the final issue, probably don't find this to be all that funny given that Cyborg's worst fear is the thought of him losing his humanity. Then there's the even more disturbing ending where Cyborg appears to have decapitated his friends and attached their heads to house-hold appliances.
      • "Salty Old Codgers" was very disturbing to many, as Raven intentionally let her friends be turned old, because she loved old people, which then leads to their deaths. It then gets even more unsettling when she pulls a Batmin Gambit on Death, who took revenge by resurrecting the Titans as zombies, who Raven loves even more.
      • "Smile Bones" has been very poorly received, when the show takes a crack at obesity, which results in the Titans' stomachs swelling up to tremendous proportions, before sprouting arms and legs and taking on lives of their own.
    • For some, the fact the Titans Took a Level in Jerkass and have become decidedly less noble and heroic, especially in "Artful Dodgers" and "Staring at the Future" (the former for having the team blatantly cheat in a sporting event, the latter for having Cyborg and Beast Boy take their jerkiness Up to Eleven and acting like giant Man Children when they ruin their friends' and the world's future because they didn't like responsibility and found their friends' pleasant, responsible lives to be boring).
    • The little background gag of an urn labeled "Robin II" with a crowbar next to it for some.note 
    • A lot of fans feel that the cracks made about Beast Boy's intelligence aren't funny due the fact that he never actually made it to high school, let alone through middle school, due to his massive and excessive Trauma Conga Line that he went through in the comics. Not only that but he was implied to not have been well-schooled in the original series indicating he had the same past as he did in the comics. Basically, both the comic fans and the original cartoon fans feel the jokes to be in bad taste and a disrespect to the character.
    • To some, this Freeze-Frame Bonus, which in addition to having a gratuitous potshot at fans that prefer the original series, also unsubtly delivers piss takes at both Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series, all of which are Cult Classics. The comments on the image seem to drive the point home.
    • A lot of fans were very upset at the use of redubbed footage from the original series in both "Dreams" and especially "The Mask".
    • "Boys vs. Girls" as a whole. Even though the episode intentionally mocks the entire idea of boys and girls being at odds with each other, its execution still makes it easily offensive to both genders.
    • The fact that Mr. Freeze's disembodied head is in the batcave in "Sidekick" urked some fans.
    • In "Body Adventure", Robin being caught hiding in Starfire's room after he used a shrink ray on himself is more disturbing than funny.
      Robin: I could anywhere, at any time, and you would never know. Anyway.....just pretend I'm not here. *stares while creepy music plays*
  • Ear Worm: It's become quickly apparent that the Titans (mostly Beast Boy, Cyborg, and Robin) love to sing. Almost all of their songs will naturally become this:
  • Eight Deadly Words: The most common complaint against the series from the hate it side of Love It or Hate It. Much of the humor is Cringe Comedy that relies on the characters acting like huge jerkasses to one another, to the point that Teen Titans Go! has drawn comparisons to It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, of all things. This is such a drastic change from the original series, that it has turned several viewers off.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Raven's emoticlones. Especially Passion/Purple, for the BB/Raven fans, as well as Pink.
    • Lady Legasus has been getting plenty of fan art as well.
    • Blackfire had fanart before her debut.
    • Birdarang is well-liked for his square-ish demeanor and goofy voice.
    • Slade, who has yet to make an official appearance.
  • Evil Is Cool: The episode "In and Out" is all about this. The Titans can't bring themselves to destroy the H.I.V.E.'s tower because it's just too cool.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
    • In "Starfire the Terrible", Starfire when she turns into a villain. Somewhat.
    • Jinx is this as well. Cyborg definitely thinks this.
    • Blackfire. Just listen to her voice.
    • Terra as well.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: The episode "Knowledge" comes off as anti-intellectual, with its belief that the smarter you are, the more unlikable you are. Considering that many people find the resident idiots, Cyborg and Beast Boy, really unlikable, the aesop doesn't hold much water.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Teen Titans Go!'s Adored by the Network status has resulted in a massive rivalry between the Go! fandom and the rest of the DC Nation fans.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Rob/Rae due to BB/T shippers wanting to pair Raven with someone else, in order to let their OTP flourish.
    • Starfire and Beast Boy due to usually acting much more like their original selves when they're around each other. "Starliar" is what solidified it for some fans due their genuinely cute interactions. "Uncle Jokes" also tends to get a lot of love from the BB/Star shippers, while "The Date" also teased this.
      • What's more is that there are barely any Shipping Wars surrounding it due to people finding this Robin too much of a creep and both the BB/Rae and BB/T ships focusing on bashing each other than anything else.
  • Fanon: A rather large portion of the fanbase has decided that this series is just a bunch of weird dreams from original series Beast Boy. Those who have this as their head canon have admitted that they have more fun watching the show than other people probably do.
  • Foe Yay: This bit between Terra and Raven.
    Raven: What's an attractive (sniffs Terra) decent-smelling girl like you doing with Beast Boy?
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: "Tower of Power". See the Dude, Not Funny! section for the explanation.
  • Growing the Beard:
    • "Colors of Raven" for some.
    • Some consider Season 2 to be an improvement over the first, unless they thought it got even worse or didn't change at all.
  • Ham and Cheese: Watching the now over the top Cyborg chew the scenery almost makes the show fun to watch.
  • Hell Is That Noise: The music speeding up when the Titans are about to cross the five minute mark in the bathroom in "Serious Business". Justified, as said time limit is a bomb.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Several years ago, a fan wrote a Teen Titans fanfic about the gang watching Enchanted and comparing themselves to the characters from the film. Starfire, of course, is compared to ditzy Princess Classic Giselle. Fast forward to the episode "Laundry Day", in which Starfire makes a beautiful dress out of scratch, something Giselle did in the movie.
  • Ho Yay:
    • In "Double Trouble," the numerous duplicates of Beast Boy and Cyborg take over Titans Tower, and one group of them are seen playing a game of Spin the Bottle. Take from that what you will.
    • For some fans, the very fact that Beast boy and Cyborg are close friends, is enough of a reason to ship them together.
    • In "You're Fired", Cyborg is shown to be the only one who's actually upset about Beast Boy being fired, is shown crying over a picture of him at the "Hero Audition" and it's even implied that he might have had something to do with Beast Boy trying to sneak back in.
    • In "Power Moves", Robin is obsessed with merging with Cyborg and even merges against his will.
    • For Les Yay, they have Starfire licking Raven behind her ears, but it could also count as Squick.
    • Also, Starfire kissed Raven in at the end of "Caramel Apples". Granted, it wasn't in a romantic way, but it still counts.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Raven. Just watch that last scene in "Be Mine". Also, being the Only Sane Woman in a cast full of clowns.
    • Robin can be this too, the circus animals would often abuse him as a baby and sometimes his team would treat him like a joke. In addition, Starfire doesn't seem to have any romantic feelings towards Robin, despite his attempts to win her affection. It was even revealed in "Sandwich Thief" that Starfire doesn't love Robin, could not even learn to love him, and didn't tell him so as not to hurt his feelings. If it weren't for that lie detector, she would've purposely lied to him. Robin may be a huge jerk at times, but one has to give him a hug for not hooking up with Starfire.
    • What about the H.I.V.E.? After seeing how they won fair and square in "Artful Dodgers" then they get their trophy taken away and arrested. Also, some can't help feel bad for Mammoth in "In and Out".
    • Blackfire maliciously frames her sister Starfire for her own crimes and gets her thrown in jail. The "Woobie" section comes in when it occurs to Blackfire that Starfire is the only one who unconditionally loved her and makes a sincere attempt to become a good sister, only for her previous jerkass actions to bite her in the form of Starfire escaping from prison and giving her a severe beatdown.
    • Even Trigon is this. He's trying to be a good father, but does have a way with his anger.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: In "Pie Bros", it looks like Robin, Starfire and Raven have been baked into pies and Cyborg and Beast Boy are eating them. It turns out they escaped and only their hair and clothes were in the pies. Then again, "Ghost Boy" had the entire cast killed and turned into ghosts, so death is obviously not out of the question (when comedically appropriate).
  • Love It or Hate It: The consensus among fans of the 2003 series. The show seems to have no ambitions beyond taking the most drastic Flanderizations they could find of all the characters, locking them in a building together, and watching the sparks fly — obviously this can be a pretty alienating concept.
  • Memetic Molester: Robin in "Power Moves". He spends most of the episode inside Cyborg and forcing him to come up with off-the-wall power moves.
  • Memetic Mutation: All of the songs.
    • Fresh!
    • Law of the jungle, baby!
    • Beast Boy dancing as cat with a boom box.
    • LAST TUESDAY!
    • MEATBALL PARTY!!!
    • Waffles waffles waffles!
    • Aquaman/Starfire FOREVER!
    • Portraying Raven and Robin as bronies is starting to become a thing for fan fiction writers.
    • Oddly enough, the Ship Tease between Raven and Beast Boy has become an in joke with some circles of the fandom.
    • Robin's lack of sleep in "Nose Mouth" is partially because he saw the Silence.
    • Fans occasionally, and jokingly compare the show to the various dork ages of the comics. The most often being the New52 variant of the Titans. There's rarely ever a clear “winner.”
  • Memetic Sex Goddess: As of "Legs", Raven is definitely this, especially as "Lady Legasus".
  • Misblamed:
    • A lot of fans have blamed this show for getting Young Justice cancelled. This pic made by Copernicus Studios, an animation company in Halifax that does some of the animation for Teen Titans Go!, didn't help.
      • Ironically, this show came about because New Teen Titans got good reactions from the audience.
  • Moe:
    • Starfire, of course. Her Fish out of Water status is played up for all its worth in this show, particularly in episodes like "Parasite". She's especially adorable autotuned ("Uncle Jokes").
    • Raven when she got a toothache after Cyborg fed her a cybernetic meatball.
      • As a matter of fact, Raven has a lot of Moe moments herself. Even her '20s Bob Haircut makes her look cute when it's seen.
      • Her cuteness is really expressed in "Pirates". This episode has her blushing and smiling a lot and she gets a cute fishbone hair dec from Aqualad.
      • Baby Hands gives us a look at Raven's original-original comic outfit; combining it with an eager-to-please attitude makes her absolutely adorable.
    • Cyborg and Beast Boy as babies. Cyborg had daddy issues and Beast Boy was apparently abandoned at a zoo.
    • Baby Robin. Those mean circus animals kept stealing his stuff.
    • Blackfire too.
    • Silkie. The creators dialed up his cuteness, save for a few gross moments.
  • Mood Whiplash: In a meta-sense. The very first airing of the first episode caused this reaction in the fans of the original Teen Titans series. What fans thought would be the long awaited return of their favorite show upon seeing the intro quickly find out that the show couldn't be any more different to what they were expecting, for better or worse.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: Starfire's singing at the end of "Breakfast Cheese".
  • Older Than They Think:
    • Terra's hatred for Beast Boy had been around since the original comics. Of course, since this show is mainly adapted from the 2003 TV series, it isn't hard to see why some fans are taken aback by the change.
    • However, "Be Mine" has given Terra back some of her 2003 qualities, what with her actually falling for BB whereas the original comics version hated him from start to finish.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Given how stupid, selfish, and unsympathetic the Titans are, it's not hard to root for the villains to try and kill them.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Cyborg and Beast Boy in this incarnation. Their deeper, more nuanced characterization from the 2003 series is completely nonexistent. They're nothing more than stupid, wild party guys who only care about themselves. Beast Boy, for example, doesn't even care that he got the entire team killed with his pranks in "Ghost Boy".
    • This version of Robin is one as well, going from being an actual strong leader to a whiny, arrogant, egotist who never stops obsessing how he's the "Lone Wolf Leader", and actually values getting glory over doing heroic deeds.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat:
    • Most of Teen Titans Go!'s older fandom comes from fans of the 2003 cartoon; as a result, as of both "Terra-ized" and "Matched," the fandom has revived the Ship to Ship Combat between BB/Rae and BB/Terra shippers.
    • It got worse with "Be Mine", when Terra comes around to BB's feelings.
    • Averted with "Staring at the Future". Fans didn't mind that Robin hooks up, and has a baby, with Batgirl.
  • Snark Bait: Find a fan of the comics or original show and ask them what they think about it.
  • So Okay, It's Average: The opinion of most viewers.
  • Squick:
    • The pies made out of people. The Titans even ate some.
    • If you know what "owl pellets" were, Beast Boy puking it into Cyborg's cereal as a prank "Ghost Boy" is this in spades.
    • Muscley Robin. Especially when he flexes his buttcheeks.
    • The entirety of the "Parasite" episode. "Parry" is just nasty.
    • It's bad enough that it was on the floor beforehand, but Cyborg eating a moldy 30 year old pizza in "Staring at the Future" was pretty gross.
    • Beast Boy agonizingly pushing a banana into his head through his ear in "Brain Food".
    • Robin regurgitating ping pong balls nonstop at the end of "Real Magic."
    • In "Serious Business", you can't tell what's worse: the fact that Starfire uses the toilet to make chili, or that the Titans now know this and still eat it.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Done on both sides of an arguments about powers in "Super Robin". Robin correctly points that their powers make the job of crime fighting much easier as shown when they fought the H.I.V.E. However, Raven, Cyborg, and Beast Boy points out that their powers come at a high price.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The rap song that Robin was jamming to in "Driver's Ed" is basically an instrumental version of "Stuntin' Like My Daddy".
  • Tainted by the Preview: Fans complained about it just from seeing the previews, not that the show itself helped at all.
  • Take That, Scrappy!:
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Raven's happy facet is so sickeningly sweet, she'll make you go into diabetic shock. When she gets loose in "Colors of Raven", she goes around making everything a Sugar Bowl.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks:
    • As one can tell from the previous tropes, this show has gotten quite a bit of this reaction. Before the show actually aired, even.
    • It replacing Young Justice in DC Nation didn't help.
    • Some fans hated Young Justice for not being like the early 2000s Teen Titans. Now some people hate this show for not being like Young Justice.
    • Back in the day, some fans hated the Teen Titans series for not being like the Teen Titans comics or any of the Timm/Diniverse toons. Now, some fans hate Teen Titans Go! for not being like the Teen Titans series.
    • Some have complained about how Raven's hair was changed from her earlier unhooded design.
    • There's also the fact that this Go! cartoon isn't the same as the The New Teen Titans shorts that came on during Cartoon Network's Saturday morning DC Nation block. Said shorts were based more on the original show than Go! is, had a different style of comedy, and overall didn't make the Titans into extreme caricatures of themselves. The changes in style that Go! has is so significant that fans feel incensed that they didn't get the expanded version of The New Teen Titans shorts they were expecting to get.
  • They Copied It, Now It Sucks:
    • A common criticism against the show is that it apes the comedy of other shows on Cartoon Network like Regular Show and Uncle Grandpa.
    • At its worst, many fans even compare it to Family Guy in its later seasons. note 
  • They Just Didn't Care: Many fans feel that way after the creators of the show admitted on a commercial that they barely watched the original Teen Titans show.
  • Too Dumb to Live: In "Real Magic", Robin, almost, thanks to Raven.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • "Sidekick" has trouble brewing in Gotham. Instead of it being a Batman villain, it's the HIVE again, who appear often enough in Jump City as it is.
    • "In and Out" toyed with the idea of the heroes dressing up as their evil counterparts to infiltrate the HIVE tower. So, we get Robin as Red X and Cyborg as Stone. Beast Boy even comes in with an even bigger throwback of the '80s comics with a nostalgic costume (which is fair enough since he doesn't really have an evil counterpart). So, this is where we get to see Blackfire (or at least Starfire's villainous self from a previous episode) and Red Raven costumes, right? Wrong. What we get is the girls dressing up as Rummage Sale Reject villains. Even if we overlook all of that, the cool premise of seeing Red X again seems to be wasted by Robin making him look like an unstable jackass from the start, instead of the unflappable stoic badass he was always portrayed as.
    • The B plot of "I See You" has a very interesting premise, where Raven is trying to hide a potentially devastating secret, and Cyborg and Beast Boy are tailing her to find out just what the secret is after being told that they were terrible at stakeouts. It is something that could have been dramatically built up across several episodes, thus giving the show a genuine Growing the Beard moment and even a Continuity Nod of the Trigon Arc from the original show. Instead, Raven quickly solves her problem by the episode's end. Despite nearly being killed, and not realizing the gravity of the situation happening right in front of them even after they are accidentally banished to an alternate dimension, Cyborg and Beast Boy celebrate when they believe that Raven's big secret was that she had a crush on the latter.
  • Unfortunate Implications: "Hot Garbage" is sending the message that it's okay to embrace hoarding, which is a serious psychological issue for many people today.
  • What an Idiot:
    • From "In and Out". Want to get rid of a few freeloaders? Blow up your own base! What makes this worse is that both Gizmo and Robin come up with this idea, with equally disastrous results. Lampshaded somewhat when Jinx is rather disapproving of the idea.
    • It seems that Robin learned absolutely nothing from "In and Out", and installed a bomb in the Titans' bathroom that goes off in five minutes in "Serious Business". The first time it happens, it nearly sets the whole place on fire and sends the other Titans into a panic!
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: The episode "Serious Business". Particularly the ending, where it turns out bathrooms are an alien species that moved to Earth.
  • The Woobie:
    • Gray Raven in "Colors of Raven". She's in a constant state of helpless fear, has frequent vomiting fits out of sheer nervousness, and her last act before Robin and Starfire sneakily send her back into the prism is to silently weep to herself in the city park.
    • Starfire. Even when she was younger, her sister would often act jerkish to her and she would only forgive her at the end. In "Starfire the Terrible", she gets mocked for being nice when trying to be a villain.