YMMV / Teen Titans Go!


  • Accidental Aesop: As one thread in Scans Daily pointed, some viewed "The Return of Slade" as commentary on futile attempt to reintroduce famous products from the past with Darker and Edgier tone in order to draw modern fans.
  • 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.
  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: Despite Robin having a huge amount of hate, there are many who feel his punishment at times is a bit excessive and feel sorry for him, especially as the show seems to take particular glee in portraying him as a pathetic Loser Protagonist. Some fans also do not like how the other Titans seem all too willing to replace Robin as leader, whether with another leader, or one of their own numbers committing mutiny.
  • 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?
    • 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 who use the cover of being heroes as an excuse to get away with bullying villains who aren't even doing anything?
  • Anvilicious: "Vegetables" has moral about eating a balanced diet. Eating nothing but meat or vegetables is unhealthy.
  • Audience-Alienating Premise:
    • The show is a spin-off of the original that is meant to cater to a different audience. While it has garnered a large fanbase and consistently pulls in high ratings, it has also alienated most fans of the original show who were expecting a more true revival of the series rather than a purely Black Comedy sitcom as well as fans who feel this show is a Replacement Scrappy for Young Justice. It doesn't help that some of the episodes seemingly take shots at fans of both the original series and those of Young Justice.
    • Most fans who were keen to the idea of a superhero comedy, especially with DC characters, likewise were turned off by the mean-spirited nature of the show, the unlikeablitly of the characters in general, and the constant airings of the series shutting out other shows such as Adventure Time and Regular Show, allegedly because current network management is made up of Moral Guardians. Pointing out that there have been DC shows that have done comedy right like Batman The Brave And The Bold and even fellow DC Nations mini-series such as Super Best Friends Forever. Even the shorts that inspired this, New Teen Titans, was received more favorably as it at least kept the tone of the '03 series. However, one does have to make note of the fact the show has been a lot more successful with more staying power than the aforementioned superhero comedies, which only ran for a short time before unceremonious cancellations. Then again those shows likewise didn't have as aggressive an advertising campaign as this one. It's obvious network favoritism was at play here, that or CN just really wanted a poster boy to lead their current batch of comedies.
  • 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.
    • "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.
    • Finally having Mammoth, See-More, and Billy Numerous speak in "The Hive Five", after two seasons of remaining silent.
    • "Squash and Stretch" spends most of its time discussing the use of violence in cartoons and where it is considered acceptable, which may very well have been done to appease complaints about some episodes having the Titans solve their problems or deal with people they don't like by using violence (though the said complaints are rendered ridiculous by the fact that the original series, by necessity of being an action-oriented show, still saw the Titans' problems being solved via punching at least 85% of the time). There is even a scene where the Titans beat up Robin and conclude that real-life violence isn't funny.
  • Awesome Music:
    • In "Artful Dodgers", there's Raven and Starfire's dodgeball duet to the tune of the original series' theme song.
    • Beast Boy sings "Fade Away" in "Be Mine". This is a real song by Beast Boy's voice actor, Greg Cipes.
    • Some of the battleground music. A notable example is the music that plays when the Titans are looking for Silkie in "La Larva de Amor".
    • "Pain, All I Know is Pain." It features Cyborg and Pain Bot singing about how unhappy they are about being separated.
    • Cyborg, Beast Boy, and Star's "Uncle Jokes" song. Star's use of Auto-Tune makes the song even more memorable.
    • The Real Boy song. It features several DC characters singing the song.
    • "IT! IS TIME! TO GET REALLY REALLY REALLY SERIOUS!!!"
    • "The Night Begins to Shine" by B.E.R., first appearing in "Slumber Party". It was so awesome they dedicated a whole episode to it the following season.
  • 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. Though this is mostly a case of Depending on the Writer as some episodes show that he is just as competent as he was in the original series.
    • 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.
  • Base Breaker: Pretty much all of the Titans have mixed reception due to the show's Broken Base status, although some characters' popularity have suffered more than others:
    • Beast Boy has been received differently across the fanbase. Some loved how his role as Plucky Comic Relief has been expanded, and see him being even more hilarious and his more worf-y and unfunny characterization aspects were toned down. While others don't take well how much of a jerk he has become, and that he doesn't even care he got the entire team killed with his pranks in "Ghost Boy". There's also mixed view about his design, some people find it cuter, while for others it adds to their annoyance over the character. Also, some feel that his Butt Monkey status, and particularly the repeated jokes about his intelligence in episodes like "Brain Food" and "Head Fruit", is a bit excessive.
    • Starfire has become this as well. While some adore her for being the nicest and most innocent out of the Titans, there are those who despise her due to her gullibility being more evident in this incarnation, which causes her to act irritating and obnoxious like the rest of the Titans (sans Raven, but even she has her rare moments) at times. Also, her Amusing Alien speech of randomly adding "the" in front of words is taken Up to Eleven, and can be quite annoying to some.
    • Terra was already a Base Breaker in the original series, but is an even bigger case now. Many have not taken to her villainization well, while others are just happy with any appearance she gets and feel sorry for how she's depicted in this series. Though this has more to do with those who are not familiar with The Judas Contract, which Terra was originally portrayed as a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing instead of Tragic Villain from the show.
    • Batman has very divided opinions, some love his random cameos and find them to be hilarious, others hate his Badass Decay and how the show has turned him into a pathetic joke character.
  • 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: Many will say that the show is bad. Some watch it to see just how bad it is.
  • Broken Base:
    • Mostly concerning fans of the original series. Some genuinely love the current series and consider it a decent and funny follow-up 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.
    • The episode "The Fourth Wall" is considered either an Author's Saving Throw in acknowledging that the show has many detractors and isn't considered as good as the original Teen Titans animated series or is seen as yet another shallow Take That, Critics! because of the Titans ultimately showing defiance against Control Freak's threat to reboot them again with their usual Jerkass tendencies and Toilet Humor.
  • Comedy Ghetto: The focus on comedy has turned off plenty of fans from the original series and the comics.
  • Creator's Pet: Robin is the biggest example. Being the most heavily focused Titan, and getting away with many of his morally questionable acts. Khary Payton even once said he felt too many episodes centered around Robin.
  • Critical Backlash: The show is widely hated by most fans, particularly those of the original series. But it does have defenders, some claiming that while the show has its share of flaws, it's not as bad as people say.
  • Critical Research Failure:
    • In "Missing", Robin states the richest person he knew was Scrooge McDuck, when the richest person he knows should be Bruce Wayne, his adoptive father. Granted, Scrooge gives Bruce a pretty good run for his money.
    • 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.).
    • "Kicking a Ball and Pretending to Be Hurt" has Robin stating that no one in the United States plays soccer. While obviously a "Take That" joke, it's a pretty shallow and dated one (though Animation Lead Time had more to do with this).
    • The superheroes from Young Justice in "Let's Get Serious" also count here. The team's designs featured are from season 1, where there were definitely a lot more lighter moments, and season 2 is the one that got really dark. In addition to that, Aqualad is probably the closest they got in the episode to an accurate portrayal; even though it could be possible, Miss Martian never stretched her arms the way she did, usually using her body-shifting powers for disguises and the like. Superboy not only winks like a pretty boy even though he's clearly the angstiest of the season 1 team, but also flies despite being only half-Kryptonian, with not one of Lex Luthor's shields in sight.
    • For a time, CN would use the show as the face of its anti-bullying campaign, because they're both superheroes as well as Adored by the Network. This is despite the fact that the Titans are downright misanthropic and mean spirited in their show, often using "justice" as an excuse to use excessive force or get what they want without care for the consequences.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: The second half of "Ghost Boy". Beast Boy takes his pranking too far. It eventually causes everybody to die, including Beast Boy himself.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: While the show is meant to be a Black Comedy Sadist Show with the Titans being Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonists. As mentioned many times above and below, one of the common complaints is that all the Titans becoming complete, selfish assholes towards one another, and it got to the point where even the villains call them out on their actions. With everyone being cruel towards to their teammates, it's often the real villains who are often liked by some viewers.
  • Designated Hero:
    • The Titans themselves in countless episodes where they are only called "heroes" because they fight the "real" villains, and are otherwise devoid of any heroic intentions. Instances such as "Breakfast Cheese" and "Caged Tiger" depict them as Sociopathic Heroes who beat up villains for the fun of it, and use stopping crime as just an excuse for their acts of violence. 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. This is especially prominent with the male Titans, who are even more selfish, childish, and jerkish than the girls.
      • Deconstructed in the episode "A Farce", where Brother Blood and the Brain take the Titans to court for their careless destruction of Jump City. They are all found guilty at the end of the episode.
    • Special mention goes to Robin who displays several villain tendencies such as evil scheming, violent psychotic fits, and being prone to laughing evilly. He even acts as the episode's antagonist more frequently than actual villains do.
    • There are also times when Beast Boy and Cyborg fit this description well, and are portrayed as excessively selfish, lazy, childish, and willing to sink to any low in order to get what they want.
    • Aqualad is depicted as one as well. Instead of being Friend to All Living Things, he treats his sea creatures like slaves.
  • Die for Our Ship:
    • Terra for Beast Boy/Raven (big time).
    • As well as the alternative, Raven for Beast Boy/Terra.
    • Aqualad for pretty much any ship involving Raven or Terra including: Beast Boy/Raven, Beast Boy/Terra, and Robin/Raven.
    • There's also Batgirl for Robin/Starfire.
  • 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:
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Jinx is easily the most popular of the H.I.V.E. Five, due to being the only one who regularly speaks (unlike most of her teammates), having the most focus, and being portrayed as sympathetic from time-to-time. Her hanging out with Starfire and Raven, as well as her relationship with Cyborg also contribute to her popularity.
    • 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.
    • Birdarang is well-liked for his square-ish demeanor and goofy voice.
    • Blackfire had fanart before her debut.
    • Kaldur gained a lot of fans due to calling out the Titans with his "The Reason You Suck" Speech in "Let's Get Serious."
    • Rose Wilson is one of the most popular one-off characters, due to being in one of the few serious, action-filled episodes, having great interactions with fan favorite Raven, and for being a total Badass in her appearance and fighting style. Also, the way she disses the Titans can be taken as a Take That, Scrappy! moment. It helps that she's the closest thing we'll see to Slade due to the infamous "The Return of Slade".
  • 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.
    • Kitten.
    • Rose Wilson. Her eyepatch and Peek-a-Bangs alone won her so many fans.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: One of the main criticisms against the series. Many of the morals the show appears to proclaim come off as unfortunate:
    • The various episodes that deal with intelligence such as "Books", "Knowledge", and "Head Fruit" all come off as anti-intellectual with their implication that knowledge or stimulating your brain in any way is bad and possibly fatal for your health.
    • The episodes that deal with laziness such as "Lazy Sunday", "The Best Robin", or "Leg Day" carry the moral that it's okay to be lazy and exercise is bad and that it's okay to trick your friends into doing things for you. Lampshaded by the Couch Spirit in "Lazy Sunday".
    Couch Spirit: Just you listen to the Couch. Some folks may try to take away your laziness, but don't you let them. Never be too lazy to stand up and fight for your right... to be lazy.
    • The various sports episodes like "Artful Dodgers", "Multiple Trick Pony", and "Kicking a Ball and Pretending to Be Hurt", all send the message that there's nothing wrong with cheating or being a Sore Loser, and it can solve all problems.
    • The infamous "Staring at the Future" has the moral that you should avoid responsibility at all costs, even if you have to ruin the lives of others in the process.
    • The start of "Nature" has Beast Boy being sophisticated and civilized for once, where his behavior immediately gets frowned upon by the others and he's encouraged to be more animalistic. Nearing the end of the episode, Beast Boy gets Mother Nature to grant civilization to the animals, where she heeds his instructions of disposing of all the trees, which carries the implication of deforestation being a positive thing.
    • The episode "Hot Garbage" carries the moral that it's okay to be filthy and you should never throw away garbage. Also, as mentioned below, it carries the Unfortunate Implications that it's okay to embrace hoarding, a serious psychological problem for many today.
    • "Boys vs. Girls" has been riddled with criticism about sexism and gender inequality. Initially the boys, especially Robin, behave very sexistly towards the girls labeling themselves inferior in every way. However, after a contest, where the girls dominate at everything with no explanation, Cyborg and Beast Boy decide to join the girls themselves. The episode pretty much ends by stating upfront that girls are better than boys. The depiction of "cooties" being a real thing is also in poor taste.
    • "Man Person" was particularly scorned for encouraging kids to inflict self-injury, by presenting body parts as being expendable, and making prospect limbs look cool and easy to attain.
    • While "Smile Bones" technically gave the "correct lesson" at the very end: "chew your food", the immensely disturbing lengths it goes to in order to reach that point, pretty much render the lesson pointless. The episode features Beast Boy and Cyborg being even bigger assholes than usual, and starving their friends to the point where they become malnourished. The episode then shows further signs of writers engaging in substance abuse 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. The end result is they've pretty much scared kids into not eating food at all.
    • Similarly to "Smile Bones" above, "Two Bumblebees and a Wasp" carries the correct lesson of not being consumed by greed, but with an ulterior lesson of there being nothing wrong with the money itself. The episode has Robin taking his scrooge personality Up to Eleven and forces the Titans to worship money by refusing to pay them, with Beast Boy being the Only Sane Man who proposes "bee" money as a substitute. Later on the roles switch and a wealthy Beast Boy forces an impoverished Robin to dance for "bee" money in front of the other Titans. This comes off as a needlessly petty and very offensive Kick the Dog moment, especially for those who have ever been down on their luck and in need of help from others.
    • The episode "Oil Drums" states that you should watch plenty of TV to keep your brain healthy or your mind will rot and you'll turn into a zombie obsessed with outdoor activities. Also doubles as a Critical Research Failure as it has been theorized that too much TV affects your mind.
    • The episode "Beast Man" has the moral that you should avoid being a hardworking, responsible adult or "The Man" will find you and force you to get a job.
    • "Accept the Next Proposition You Hear", has the moral that it's okay to be a follower and that you should let someone else make your decisions for you.
    • "BBBDAY" outright states that nobody cares about birthdays, and that everyone should simply pretend to enjoy them.
    • "Black Friday" is an entire episode dedicated to showing how wonderful Black Friday is. And considering how Black Friday usually is, the episode pretty much speaks for itself.
    • "The True Meaning of Christmas", initially has Santa stating the true meaning of Christmas wasn't about presents, before the Titans blow up his factory, forcibly making him change the message that Christmas was only about presents.
  • Fandom Berserk Button:
    • The show itself is one to fans of the original series and fans of Cartoon Network's other shows. Just mentioning Teen Titans Go! or daring to say that it is in any way better than the original show or Cartoon Network's other shows will have you attacked by fans. As far as many fans of the original series are concerned, this show doesn't exist.
    • The hatred has increased tenfold with ads calling the series "your new favorite show" and the Thursday night block being renamed "New Titans Thursdays" (though fortunately, it was changed back to just "New Thursday).
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • Teen Titans Go!'s Adored by the Network status resulted in a massive rivalry between the Go! fandom and the rest of the DC Nation fans. The demise of DC Nation caused the rivalry to stretch to nearly every other show on CN, thanks to said status. Many fans of the other shows believe that it doesn't deserve all the airtime that it gets.note  Adventure Time, Regular Show, and Steven Universe fans in particular resent its popularity and excessive airtime, and feel their series are getting marginalized by a management run by Moral Guardians.
    • As of "Truth, Justice, and What?" fans of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) have started clashing with fans of the show due to the content of the episode, which features the Titans beating a representation of the Turtles up.
    • With the Total Drama fandom, as Cartoon Network has started a trend of halting the airing of new episodes of Teen Titans Go! to marathon the new season of Total Drama. Though to every hater of Teen Titans Go!, a lengthy absence of the show is welcomed.
    • With the episode "Two Parter", Justice League and Spider-Man fans have joined the haters, due to the insults directed at said characters.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • There's also a theory that this series is an alternate reality created by Larry, and exists in the same continuity as the original series. note 
  • 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: Many fans who have read the comics or have seen the original series knows that Cyborg's greatest fear is losing his humanity. In "Tower Power", his mind is a part of Titans Tower.
  • Growing the Beard:
    • "Colors of Raven" for some.
    • "Cool School" is one of the most liked episodes, with the inclusion of Rose Wilson.
  • Ham and Cheese: All the voice actors. It's pretty obvious the cast is just having a ball reprising their old roles.
  • 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 "BBBDay!", the Titans avoid using the Birthday Song because they can't afford the right to use it. While the song was believed to be under copyright at the time the episode was written, by the time it aired a judge had ruled that the copyright was never valid in the first place.
  • 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.
  • Internet Backdraft: Constantly with this show, where there are places on the Internet which make Teen Titans Go! seem universally hated, and any fan of the show wandering in or trying to defend it will get struck down.
  • It's Not Supposed to Win Oscars: A common defense for the show is that it's a purely comedic show and geared towards a younger audience, thus it's not supposed to be taken seriously. Even the writers themselves have admitted that they wanted to make a "stupid show" and didn't put much effort into it. This is even invoked and used as An Aesop in the episode "Real Magic", where Robin's lame attempts at magic are constantly heckled by Raven, who is then banished to the mines by the Magic God, who says he hates hecklers. At the end, Raven learns that just because something's terrible doesn't mean you should hate it. The Aesop obviously doesn't hold much water to the show's vocal hatedom and for many, this reasoning only makes the show worse.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Robin may be an egotistical Control Freak, but despite his negative actions, it's not hard to feel sorry for him (even those that hate him can feel sad for him). In "Dude Relax", it was revealed that the animals in his circus would often abuse him as a baby, which was the reason why he's always paranoid and uptight. His team would also treat him like a joke sometimes, to the point of them wanting him to be replaced with either another leader or one of their own numbers committing mutiny. It could be justified due to his obnoxious behavior, but many felt that this kind of treatment he gets from his teammates is just plain miserable.
    • Raven may have a cynical attitude, but that doesn't stop her from having her sympathetic moments (the last scene of "Be Mine" was her most evident so far). She's also the Only Sane Woman in a cast full of clowns.
    • Even Beast Boy and Cyborg in their occasional Butt Monkey moments. For example, the former is the first to die in "Salty Codgers". The latter has gotten mauled on multiple occasions and lost his body to a virus because of Robin's inner body wanderlust taking precedence over finding a cure in "Body Adventure".
    • The H.I.V.E. can be this in episodes where the Titans are excessively stupid or violent. Gizmo and Mammoth are the most frequent victims. Notable examples include "Artful Dodgers" where the Titans have the H.I.V.E. sent to jail after losing a dodgeball match to them despite their blatant cheating, "Breakfast Cheese" where they are viciously attacked for the simple, petty crime of loitering, and "In and Out" where all five Titans viciously beat up Mammoth when they infiltrate the H.I.V.E.'s new base.
      • This gets taken Up to Eleven in their titular episode "The Hive Five", where not only do the Titans constantly prank call them, but the H.I.V.E.'s attempts at enjoying their day off are completely ruined by the Titans' obnoxious antics.
    • 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 doesn't have a way with his anger. Though in some ways, it's an act.
  • Les Yay:
    • Starfire licking Raven behind her ears, which could also count as Squick.
    • Also, Starfire kisses Raven at the end of "Caramel Apples". Granted, it wasn't in a romantic way, but it still counts.
    • Raven's time spent with Rose Wilson in "Cool School", edges into Les Yay territory at a few points.
  • 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 for this show.
  • Memetic Loser: Robin, full stop. The show seems to take a near sadistic glee in thoroughly portraying him as a pathetic Loser Protagonist, putting him through Torture Porns that make the ones Squidward go through look tame in comparison. His own teammates even view him as one. They rarely follow his orders, treat him like absolute dirt, constantly look to get him kicked out of the team or get replaced by a new leader, and only seem to let him be the leader out of pity. Raven outright says he's the one she likes the least out of the Titans, and Starfire never returns his affections and even outright says she doesn't love him nor could she learn to love him.
  • 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.
    • Scary Teri from "Slumber Party". The way she makes Cyborg scream like a little girl, along with the fact that she stalks anyone nearby when summoned, little kids included.
    • Cyborg in "Rocks and Water", where his attempts to be the third wheel to Robin and Starfire reach disturbing levels, going so far as to get in the way of their kiss (with him kissing Robin).
    • The Tooth Fairy in the episode "The Dignity of Teeth". His appearance, voice, and the fact that he eats teeth are creepy enough, but his touchy-feely mannerisms towards Raven and the lecherous way he covets her teeth makes him come off as a sexual predator. Unlike the other examples, which are mostly Played for Laughs, it comes off as legitimately disturbing.
    Tooth Fairy: No need for introductions. Ta-ta-ta-ta-ta. We met while you were sleeping. Yes. I wiggled my fingers under all of your pillows to extract the pearly treasures held under them. Ta-ta-ta-ta-ta. All except you, Raven. You never gave me your precious teeth. It made me covet them even more. (Menacingly) Ta-ta-ta-ta-ta.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • 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 New 52 variant of the Titans. There's rarely ever a clear “winner.”
    • All of the songs.
    • "Fresh!"note 
    • "Law of the jungle, baby!"note 
    • Beast Boy dancing as cat with a boom box.
    • LAST TUESDAY!
    • "MEATBALL PARTY!!!"note 
    • "Waffles, waffles, waffles!"note 
    • Aquaman/Starfire FOREVER!
    • The Pee-Pee Dance.
    • "This isn't the episode I was promised!"note 
  • Mis-blamed: 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.
  • 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 has a lot of Moe moments herself. Even her '20s Bob Haircut makes her look cute when it's seen.
      • When she got a toothache after Cyborg fed her a cybernetic meatball.
      • 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 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.
    • Silkie. The creators dialed up his cuteness, save for a few gross moments.
    • The Titans in the episode "Halloween" when they are turned into kids by the Halloween Spirit. They are downright huggable, especially when they're wearing their costumes.
    • Young Cyborg during the Scary Teri flashback in "Slumber Party".
    • Beast Boy doing his maraca head wiggle song in the beginning and end of "Head Fruit".
    • Blackfire too.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: Starfire's singing at the end of "Breakfast Cheese".
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity: Despite the sheer hate this show has gotten, the ratings are still climbing, ironically because of said vitriol. As the advertisement say, it's "your new favorite show".
  • 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.
    • The show's famous, Base Breaker "BBRae" ship, between Beast Boy and Raven, actually dates all the way back to the comics, and isn't something Teen Titans Go! made up. Even though it wasn't explored in the original Teen Titans series, and the Word Of God for that show clarified several times that these versions weren't supposed to have that kind of relationship and were more Like Brother and Sister.
    • This show itself wasn't the first time a Teen Titans based series went for Lighter and Softer than that which preceded it. The first time was actually the 2003 series.
  • Pandering to the Base:
    • "Rocks and Water" finally has Beast Boy and Raven kissing, which is something the colossal BBRae fanbase had been dying for.
    • "Some of Their Parts" and "Leg Day" are sequels to "Colors of Raven" and "Legs", respectively, two of the most popular episodes in the series.
    • Defied with "The Return of Slade", which has everything that many fans wanted happen offscreen. The rest of the episode is another Take That towards anybody that has a complaint about this show. The episode was so reviled that many saw it as a low point for the series.
  • Paranoia Fuel:
    • This line from a shrunken Robin to Starfire in "Body Adventure" comes off as a bit creepy due to his Stalker with a Crush tendencies toward her.
    Robin: I could be anywhere, at any time, and you would never know. Anyway, just pretend I'm not here. (Stares at Starfire while creepy music plays.)
    • This line from the talking TV to Cyborg in the episode "Oil Drums", while meant to come off as heartwarming, has shades of this. Not helped by the TV staring directly at the screen.
    TV: You might be surprised to know that all those years you spent staring at me, I was staring right back at you and it has been a joy to help shape you into the man you are today.
  • Rooting for the Empire:
    • Many viewers have found themselves rooting for the villains, especially in episodes where the Titans are being excessively stupid and unsympathetic, while the bad guys are the sane ones. Prominent examples are "Waffles" where Brother Blood is the Straight Man while Beast Boy and Cyborg are being childish Jerkasses, or "Breakfast Cheese" where the Titans literally beat up the H.I.V.E. for standing around doing nothing.
    • The episode "A Farce" takes this Up to Eleven where Brother Blood and the Brain take the Titans to court for their careless and reckless destruction of Jump City. They are all found guilty at the end of the episode.
  • The Scrappy:
    • 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.
    • This version of Aqualad isn't very popular, due to his Chick Magnet persona being escalated to The Casanova and he acts like he owns every girl. Not to mention him hitting on Raven clashing with the show's colossal BBRae fandom.
  • Seasonal Rot:
    • Many view season 2 as this due to the Titans's increasingly idiotic and mean-spirited natures as well as episode plots becoming more bizarre with nonsensical and often abrupt endings. Even a portion of those who were previously fans of season 1 have lost faith in the show. The season also contains some of the most controversial episodes such as "Let's Get Serious", "Truth, Justice, and What?", and "The Return of Slade". The latter of the three was particularly scorned for being both another cruel jab at the show's critics and a blatant, shallow ratings trap that shamelessly lied to its fans, causing many to lose whatever respect for the show they had by that point.
    • Season 3 is considered this by some due to more emphasis being put on the Titans' mean-spirited natures, the overuse of '80s references and predictable fourth wall gags, and interesting plots being wasted for the sake of comedy such as the episode "Two Parter", which is considered the worst offender.
  • 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.
    • Zigzagged with "Staring at the Future". Fans of Go! didn't mind that Robin hooks up, and has a baby, with Batgirl, but fans only familiar with the original series found it insulting.
  • 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 many viewers about the series.
  • Squick:
    • The frequent vomiting fits the characters do throughout the series.
    • 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 in "Ghost Boy" is this in spades.
    • Muscley Robin. Especially when he flexes his buttcheeks.
    • The entirety of the "Parasite" episode. "Parry" is just nasty. Particularly cringeworthy when Robin lets loose several parasites to latch onto his face, and they drain him of all his nutrients.
    • 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 fish into his head through his ear in "Brain Food". He also put a banana in his ear later in the episode.
    • Robin regurgitating ping pong balls nonstop at the end of "Real Magic".
    • The Titans being turned into old people by Mad Mod in the episode "Salty Codgers". Also Raven's affections toward old people, which has her hugging and kissing them like one would do a pet, also comes off as this to some. In-Universe, even the Titans think it's disturbing.
    • 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. There's also the fact the Titans take out their teeth and put it in each other's mouths.
    • The mutation scene in "Truth, Justice, and What".
    • Beast Boy getting repeatedly stung by bees and eventually bloating to grotesque proportions in the episode "Two Bumblebees and a Wasp".
    • "Head Fruit" has a tree growing out of Beast Boy's head and sprouting fruit, which the Titans eat and even make a drink out of. The episode also has him again jamming things in his ear like a book and a slice of pizza.
    • "The Dignity of Teeth" reveals that the Tooth Fairy takes your teeth so he can eat them. And him challenging Raven to an eating competition causes her to develop an appetite for teeth as well.
    • Pretty much the entirety of the episode "The Croissant", from Silkie's friend, to the Titans being turned into humanoid insects by Killer Moth, to the vomiting fits being turned Up to Eleven.
    • "Leg Day" takes a premise from a previous episode (where Raven becomes the Kick Chick-themed Lady Legasus) and drives it straight into this territory. All of the Titans get leg-themed names and musculature... but only in certain areas. Cyborg, a.k.a. Thunder Thighs, has absolutely massive thighs... and little else. Beast Boy, a.k.a. Calves has, you guessed it, massive calves. And the rest of his legs are his normal noodly thinness. The song at the end that borderline fetishizes their hypermuscular legs just adds to the creepy.
  • 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.
  • Take That, Scrappy!:
    • For those who hate this incarnation of Robin, anytime he gets punished for his actions is quite satisfying. Unless you find it a tad excessive.
    • 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, until the ending. 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.
    • "Cool School" has Rose Wilson dishing painful insults which hurt all of the Titans except Raven.
    • To some, the entirety of "The Fourth Wall", due to Control Freak directly telling the Titans why Periphery Demographic hates their show and has the Titans watch the original show to show them the difference between them.
  • 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.
    • Weaponized against Rose Wilson. Sincere, unironic expressions of The Power of Friendship physically debilitate Rose to the point where she is literally sick to her stomach.
  • 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:
    • The excessive personality changes of the Titans to much sillier, jerkish natures is one of the most heavily criticized aspects of the show.
    • 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 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.
  • They Copied It, So 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, in that they feel that it's plagued with lazy characterization, unfunny jokes, rampant, unnecessary assholery and abrupt nonsensical endings.
  • 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. Though they later clarified that it was a joke, many fans feel it makes the show worse. And even if they did watch the show, it's rather clear the writers don't care about respecting the source material. For example:
    • Beast Boy is depicted eating meat despite being a vegetarian in both the comic and original cartoon. Also, the episode "Beast Man" has him changing into an adult human even though it's explicitly stated that he can only turn into animals.
    • In "Starfire the Terrible", the entire plot is about Robin not having an Arch-Enemy even though his actual nemesis not only exists, but also was the main villain in the original cartoon.
    • The fact that the writers explicitly confirmed in an interview that they "tried to keep things as simple as possible" and didn't spent much time on the script for "Let's Get Serious".
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Darkseid appears in "Two Parter". It turns out that his grovely voice is because he has a cold, and actually has the voice of "Weird Al" Yankovic. Unfortunately, we barely get to hear this voice, let alone sing, and is defeated shortly after. To many fans, and even haters, it could have been seen as a saving grace of "Two Parter" let alone Season 3.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • "Sidekick" has trouble brewing in Gotham. Instead of it being a Batman villain, it's the H.I.V.E. 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  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.
    • "The Return of Slade" has been heavily criticized for this. The promised battle against Slade happens offscreen after he's mentioned for a few minutes. The rest of the episode deals with Cyborg and Beast Boy trying to make a clown Darker and Edgier when they feel the clown is too kiddy, and the Titans trying to stop said clown after Cyborg and Beast Boy succeed. To many fans, the episode came off as both a shallow ratings trap and yet another jab at the show's critics.
  • Unfortunate Implications: It has been noted that "Hot Garbage" sends the message that it's okay to embrace hoarding, which is a serious psychological issue for many people today.
  • 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. The Hatedom, as a result, often accuses the target audience of lacking any taste in good cartoons, stating that they'll watch anything that moves and makes loud noises, and that networks exploit this and use it as an excuse to artificially lower the ratings of their more popular shows in the name of money.
  • 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.
    • In "Real Magic", Robin almost drowns himself in an attempt to do a magic trick.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: A vast number of the more bizarre episodes of the show, especially in season 2, will more often than not have you wondering how high the writers were during the creation of these episodes.
    • "Dude Relax" has a high-strung Robin attempting to relax by following Beast Boy's advice and being "one with the couch", which has him literally sinking into a world within the couch where he meets the Couch Spirit and goes on a trip through his past life in the circus.
    • "Burger vs. Burrito" where a contest between Beast Boy and Cyborg to see which is the better food culminates in the two fighting each other with a burger-shaped giant robot and a giant burrito monster created by Raven's magic, respectively.
    • "Breakfast Cheese" has Robin being bitten by a spider and ends up getting a Disney Acid Sequence, which involves a green-skinned Cyborg and Raven with six arms.
    • The second half of "Puppets Whaaaaat?" where the Titans are turned into realistic puppets by the evil Puppet Wizard, who himself is a real-life sock puppet. The entire second half of the episode takes place in the real world and at one point, the Titans are chased by a literal paper tiger.
    • "Sandwich Thief" has Robin dragging the team to outer space under the belief that his sandwich became sentient and flew to outer space. Not only does this prove to be true, but the sandwich also has been meditating and decides that all life must be destroyed, leading to a fight between the Titans and the superpowered sandwich.
    • "Money Grandma", where an attempt to teach Robin humility as a leader results in Raven using a time machine to bring George Washington to the present to talk to him. When Robin loses an election to him, he spitefully decides to go back and change the past so that he can be the first President of the United States.
    • The chase scene with the Titans and Mad Mod in "Salty Codgers", which also doubles as a Mythology Gag to the original series.
    • The episode "Serious Business". Particularly the ending, where it turns out bathrooms are an alien species that moved to Earth.
    • Pretty much the entire trip inside Raven's mind in the episode "Crazy Day" which features Starfire as the Sphinx, Beast Boy and Cyborg as Chess pieces, and Robin as a gate. And when it's revealed that it was all a part of Trigon's plot to drive her insane and turn her evil, Raven turns the tables and uses her magic to transport the Titans into his mind to annoy him
    • "Smile Bones", where a crack at morbid obesity leads to extreme Balloon Bellies, which sprout limbs, faces, and gain lives of their own.
    • "Hose Water", which has Starfire and Cyborg regressing younger after they "embrace their inner-child", and end up reverting to eggs. They then get taken to "Baby Land" which is apparently where every baby comes from.
    • "Oil Drums" has the Titans's brains rotting from lack of television (with the exception of Cyborg), which eventually turns them into zombies obsessed with outdoor activities. Cyborg is then rescued by an anthropomorphic TV, which then leads to the two of them going on an adventure to find the missing remote, which was kidnapped by criminals for an unknown purpose.
    • "Kicking a Ball and Pretending to Be Hurt", which reveals that every ball on earth are eggs that contains a magical troll or animal.
    • "Head Fruit" has Beast Boy's brain planting a tree in his head and using it to escape into a world in the clouds.
    • "And the Award for Sound Design Goes to Rob" has Raven wishing away sound due to an ill-conceived deal with an evil spirit called the Whisperer. After tricking the Whisperer to return the Titans voices, they discover the rest of the world has become a "sound vacuum" and retains the sounds the Titans make. The rest of the episode has the voice actors making silly sound effects for everything in the show, including misfitting ones like farting sounds for punches, a tongue wagging sound for farts, and "Hey hey hey" for Silkie crawling.
    • "BBBDay" came up with the crack induced explanation that failure to celebrate birthdays causes the person to start aging out of control, spontaneously becoming older and younger. This happens to Beast Boy who becomes an old man and a baby throughout the episode.
  • What The Hell, Casting Agency?:
  • The Woobie:
    • Raven in any episode when the other Titans are being immature, obnoxious jerks and she has to put up with them.
    • 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.