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.
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?
Cyborg. Who was meant to be only guardian of Tower, and the only young adult member of group. Consider how he acts more like a teenager when he's around his friend Beast Boy, while also considering his origins about him being unwanted as he's a cyborg who's vengeful towards his father who was mechanical engineer. All these factors leave him as a borderline psychopathic Man-teenager who uses entertainment as an excuse to explain his somewhat childish or teen personality and block his traumatic memories out his database.
The Titans in general. Are they really heroes? Or are they just really power-hungry jerks?
Anvilicious: In "Vegetables": Eat a balanced diet! Or you will either turn into a overweight meat eater or a vegetarian zombie.
"Mouth Hole" appears to be a response to complaints about both Robin's Badass Decay and the formerShip Sinking of Robin/Starfire.
"Real Boy Adventures" appears to be a response to complaints about Cyborg's Badass Decay, and the controversy "Tower Power" stirred up where he enjoyed his loss of humanity.
Most prominently of all, "Let's Get Serious" is a response to the numerous complaints that the series is too childish, where Aqualad from Young Justice calls Robin out for all of the silliness in the series.
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.
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.
Beast Boy has been received differently across the fanbase. Some loved how as the Plucky Comic Relief he has become even more hilarious. While others don't take well how much of a jerk he has become, and doesn't even care that he got the entire team killed with his pranks in "Ghost Boy".
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 For a long while, after both shows premiered, the only adverts for Beware the Batman consisted of the "Professor Pyg's nursery rhyme"-like one that usually noted a new episode, while Teen Titans Go! had plenty of ads and was given at least two marathon airings despite still being relatively new at the time. 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.
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, etc.). The episode that touches this concept, "Robin Backwards", just reverses the names (Robin becomes Nibor, Cyborg becomes Grobyc, etc.).
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. The Titans are shallow, selfish, borderline psychopathic jackasses whose behavior is so deplorable that even the actual villains on the show have called them out on their actions. Some fans have even resorted to rooting for the villains than the Titans themselves. It eventually got so bad that it landedallfiveofthem on the Villains Wiki. To many fans, especially those of the original show, they aren't Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonists, they're just flat out unlikable.
The Titans in general, with the possible exception of Starfire, come off as selfish psychopaths that ultimately do more harm than good to the city. Justified as the show usually exploits this for Black Comedy. This is even lampshaded in the episode "Serious Business" when Robin says that the Titans spend 3% of their time actually fighting crime.
"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 when the oddity of the ending is lampshaded.
"Man Person" after Beast Boy gets a scar which everyone tells him is cool, he proceeds to repeatedly injure himself causing his limbs to be dismembered, to the point where he is just a head in a tank, on top of a cybernetic body.
"Salty 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 Batman Gambit on Death, who took revenge by resurrecting the Titans as zombies, who Raven loves even more.
"Boys vs. Girls" was very poorly received by many fans. Robin, Cyborg, and Beast Boy are depicted as completely sexist assholes to Raven and Starfire and after being humiliated in a contest by them, Robin gives the girls actual cooties and will only undo them if the girls admit that boys are better than girls. 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.
"Smile Bones" which might just be the most hated episode of all-time. It features Beast Boy and Cyborg being even bigger assholes than usual, and starving their friends to the point where they become malnourished. All of the Titans are revealed to have false teeth. But most prominently of all, further signs of the writers engaging in substance abuse are revealed, when Beast Boy and Cyborg's bellies swell up to tremendous proportions, before sprouting arms and legs and taking on lives of their own. The bellies then engage in cannibalism and consume vast portions of the city, and after defeating the bellies they shrink down to normal size, with all the excess mass (from the buildings the bellies ate) disappearing into nowhere.
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 jerkinessUp to Eleven and acting like giant Man Childrenwhen 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 Jason Todd, the second Robin, was killed in the comics via an explosion after he was nearly being beaten to death by the Joker with a crowbar. Because of this, a number of his fans feel the background gag was in poor taste.
Similarly, during one part of Death's "Soul Collector" song in the episode "Salty Codgers", there are graves for Jason Todd, Boston Brand,note Deadman. and Thomas and Martha Wayne.note Bruce Wayne's parents. Some felt that the joke was downright insulting.
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 excessiveTrauma 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.
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.
Hatedom: A very vocal one consisting mostly of fans of the original series who are rather understandably annoyed at the repeated potshots seemingly specifically directed at them, to the point where it's noticeable on this very website. Still, the show has a large fanbase of younger viewers unaware of the original series and older fans who find the constant mockery funny.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cyborg in this incarnation. His deeper, more nuanced characterization from the 2003 series is completely nonexistent. Alongside his best buddy Beast Boy, he is nothing more than a stupid, wild party guy, or mentally backward teenager who only cares about himself.
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.
Heck, depending on the episode, the entire team can be considered this. They all made it to the Villain Wiki after all.
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.
Zigzagged with "Staring at the Future". Fans of "Go!" didn't mind that Robin hooks up, and has a baby, with Batgirl, but many fans of the original series found it insulting.
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.
In "Smile Bones", the image of the Titans' bloated stomachs, particular Starfire's, who has nine stomachs, has been getting this reaction; as has the image of Cyborg and Beast Boy's bellies coming to life.
Springtime for Hitler: There are an unusually large amount of plots seemingly written with the intention of annoying the fanbase of the original series.
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. The show itself only made it worse.
If you're not fond of Cyborg and Beast Boy, seeing them getting repeatedly pummeled in "Caramel Apples" might be cathartic to watch. At least, untiltheending. Similarly, seeing Brother Blood torture them with his Pain Bot in "Waffles" might have you rooting for him, though the ending where Beast Boy's body has been skeletonized might be a tad bit excessive.
"Let's Get Serious" has Aqualad from Young Justice tear into Robin for having a team full of clowns that are a disgrace to real crime fighters. Not that anything changes, which the episode itself lampshades and in fact makes a joke of.
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.
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 replacingYoung 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.
There's also the fact that this series isn't the same as the New Teen Titans shorts that aired 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.
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 In that it's plagued with lazy characterization, unfunny jokes, and abrupt nonsensical endings. Not the "it's filled with heavy-handed morals and one of the characters is an Author Avatar of the creator."
They Just Didn't Care: Many fans feel that way after the creators of the show said in an interview that they barely watched the original Teen Titans show.
"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 H.I.V.E. 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.note 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.
Vocal Minority: While the Hatedom is quite large, the show consistently pulls in high ratings and has a massive fanbase. The main difference between the two groups is that the hatedom is made up almost entirely of the Periphery Demographic, while the most of the fanbase is made up of the intended target audience of kids 8 to 14.
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.
In "Real Magic", Robin almost drowns himself in an attempt to do a magic trick.
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.