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Teen Titans Go! To the Movies is an animated superhero comedy film based on the Teen Titans Go! animated series. The film was released on July 27, 2018 in the United States. The film is written by series developers Michael Jelenic (Batman: The Brave and the Bold) and Aaron Horvath (MAD), and directed by Horvath and series director Peter Rida Michail. It's the first Cartoon Network series since The Powerpuff Girls to receive a theatrical film, and the first among current series to receive one.

The Teen Titans are unhappy that they aren't included alongside all the other superheroes who are starring in their own movies (even Alfred Pennyworth, the Batmobile and Batman's utility belt each getting their own solo films), with Robin being the unhappiest of all. The reasoning behind this being the Titans' Designated Hero status: they hardly do actual heroics and instead use their powers to mess with people. Setting out to the Warner Bros. studio lot to remedy this situation, they discover from superhero filmmaker Jade Wilson (Kristen Bell) that they will never get the chance until they prove they can be actual heroes instead of a bunch of goofs: an opportunity that occurs when they encounter an arch-nemesis in the form of Slade (Will Arnett) and find themselves fighting to stop his plan for world conquest.


The theatrical run was preceded by a short "The Late Batsby" produced by Lauren Faust. The events of the film take place during the show's fifth season, with the episode "Tower Renovation" wrapping up one loose end (sorta) from the movie.

The film has the following cast:

Previews: Sneak Peek, Teaser Trailer, TV Spot, Official Trailer


Tara Strong tweeted that there was a chance that the 2003 Teen Titans series could receive another season if this film were to be successful enough. It remains to be seen if it was.

Teen Titans Go! to the Movies provides examples of:

  • Actor Allusion:
  • Adaptational Heroism/Adaptational Nice Guy: The Titans (except for Robin, he mainly stays the same) are much more supportive and loyal in this movie than they usually are in the series.
  • Affectionate Parody: The film is an irreverent yet loving parody of the superhero genre and the movies that they are all getting. It also features scenes that parody The Lion King, Back to the Future Part II and Apocalypse Now.
  • An Aesop: You don't have to be the ideal super to be a hero. If you be yourself, that makes you more distinct.
  • Animation Bump: The backgrounds are a lot more detailed, with various uses of aging and halftones to make the film almost look like an animated comic book, while the characters have a bit more fluidity with their movements. Even the 2003!Titans during The Stinger seem to have a bump, too.
  • Anvilicious: In-Universe, when Robin tries to expand on the Aesop of the film. The Titans and the rest of the DCU tell him the movie's over already, and chant for the credits.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
    • The Titans tell Robin early on that their lives would be miserable without him. Beast Boy would be eating out of dumpsters, Raven would be enslaving dimensions with her dad, Starfire would be fighting in intergalactic gladiator battles, and Cyborg would be playing professional football. Which isn't so bad except for the concussions, bad knees, going broke, and having to be on a dance reality TV show.
    • Slade gloats how with his mind manipulation device, he shall gain control of all the world's banks and their money, have his slaves build giant monuments of him and prioritize an immediate taxi for him whenever he arrives at an airport cause it's a real hassle to wait.
  • Art Shift: Constantly. Batman's utility belt movie uses the Batman: The Animated Series "Dark Deco" style. The Titans "Robin" movie has cut-out cloth animation. The Lion King fantasy uses Disneyesque traditional animation, and so on.
  • Avoid the Dreaded G Rating: There's enough Getting Crap Past the Radar in the film to give it a PG rating in the US. Though this is a downplayed example since the show it's based on is already rated PG.
  • Badass Boast: Raven provides one during her verse of "Go!"
    Raven is here to drop it on you even harder
    There's no darker than me, I'm as dark as can be
  • Beam-O-War: During the final battle, Slade's Giant Mecha engages in one with Starfire, Cyborg and Raven. Beast Boy's dragon fire tips it in the Titan's favor, defeating Slade.
  • Beware the Silly Ones:
    • Everyone derides the Titans for being immature jokes that do not seem to know much about actual crime-fighting. The Titans themselves repeatedly show that they are still superheroes, even in their own unique way, which leads to a couple of battles where they show genuine teamwork and heroics.
    • Slade is portrayed as a snarky egotist who uses childish distractions. That being said, he's still Deathstroke the Terminator, and when The Gloves Come Off, he doesn't fool around and also doesn't mind killing or having someone else do his killing for him.
  • Big Bad: Slade finally gets this again.
  • Big Damn Movie: A film involving Take Thats! on an epic quest to find a good director for a good movie, as well being one of the infrequent moments where our "heroes" save the world.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The Titans learn that they are super just the way they are and earn respect from all the other superheroes, but Titans Tower is still destroyed. Not to mention the Challengers of the Unknown are still stuck in the void.
  • Black Comedy: A major part of the sequence where the Titans travel through time to stop the big superheroes origins from happening, which includes dropping a plastic six-pack wrapper to trap Aquaman. When they have to undo all of this because the villains take over, they cause Krypton's destruction and lead Thomas and Martha Wayne to their deaths in front of a young Bruce — as Raven happily slaps the pearl necklace on Martha.
  • Book-Ends: The Titans boast their awesome theme song took down Balloon Man. It did not. They boast their awesome theme song took down Slade. It did.
    Robin: Our song was so sick, it took down Balloon Man!
    Robin: That song was so sick, it blew up Slade's robot!
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Slade's ultimate plan is to mind-control every hero in the DC world. Only the Titans are able to do something about this when it comes into motion. Robin becomes this too for a while.
  • Bread Milk Eggs Squick: When the Titans talk about where they'd be without being part of the team, Raven sighs that being Trigon's daughter, she'd probably be forced to conquer the Universe with her dad as worlds burn.
  • Breaking Speech: Slade lays an epic one on Robin.
    Slade: Thank you, Robin! You were so desperate to be in a movie, you turned your back on everything important to you — even your own friends! This shall be your final scene. (holds a detonator) Magic! (blows up Titans Tower)
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: The wall gets pounded and smashed to a fine powder, which goes part and parcel with the Deconstruction of Teen Titans Go!.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: The Titans, though it's more of a "Brilliant But Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!". For example, they're fighting and coordinating well during their fight against Balloon Man, showing true superhero tactics and using their powers appropriately. However, Starfire is distracted by kitten-shaped balloons and when the Gasshole joke happens, all of the Titans stop fighting and laugh at the Toilet Humor, then go into a musical number about themselves, completely ignoring the villain who goes on a stealing rampage.
    Balloon Man: (rolling his eyes) Ugh. Morons.
  • The Bus Came Back: After being entirely absent from the show (aside from a few brief cameos and references), Slade finally takes center-stage as the main villain.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • Robin as usual, but the movie decides to deconstruct this and it serves as his motivation for wanting to become a real hero to get his own movie.
    • The Atom and the Challengers of the Unknown get hit with this otherwise, but unlike Robin, it's Played for Laughs.
  • The Cameo: Commissioner Gordon, Krypto the Superdog, Jonah Hex, the Spectre, Swamp Thing, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Captain Marvel, Animal Man, Black Lightning, the Wonder Twins, Red Tornado, Vixen, Miss Martian, Superboy, Detective Chimp, Speedy, Steel, Shazam, Detective Chimp, Martian Manhunter, Booster Gold, Donna Troy, Zatanna, Black Canary, Kid Flash, Aqualad (Garth), Bumblebee, Mas y Menos, Batgirl, Parasite, Kilowog, Tomar-Tu, Artemis, Blue Beetle, Hal Jordan, Green Arrow, Deadman, Arsenal, Princess Amethyst, the Global Guardians and many more can be seen in crowd shots.
    • Commissioner Gordon, the Wonder Twins, Vixen, Miss Martian, Superboy, Detective Chimp, Speedy, Martian Manhunter, Kid Flash, Garth, Bumblebee, Mas y Menos, and Batgirl have already appeared on the show, some as recurring characters.
    • One of the biggest and funniest cameos? Stan Lee. He even comes back because he can't help himself - he loves cameos!
    • An unnamed version of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles also appear in a quick gag as the Titans attempt to prevent their origin.
    • The Titans beat up Shia LaBeouf, thinking he's Slade, even after realizing he's not.
    • Michael Bolton appears as Tiger, an upbeat singing cat. Who gets run over and killed.
  • Cast as a Mask: Slade and Jade are the same person but aren't played by the same actor.
  • Casting Gag: Nicolas Cage voices Superman, a nod to the period in the 90s where Cage nearly played the character in Tim Burton's ill-fated Superman Lives.
  • Catch-Phrase: Lampshaded, as Robin adopts "Crack an egg on it — caw-caw!" as his movie catchphrase.
  • Character Action Title: The verb "Go!" from the TV show's title becomes the predicate.
  • Chekhov's Gag: Robin's baby hands.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The Titans' homemade Robin movie. Well, the second half anyway.
  • Chekhov's Skill: The Titans theme song, which becomes a diagetic Theme Music Power-Up at the climax, defeating Slade.
  • The Chessmaster: Slade, as usual. He's also able to engage in some Xanatos Speed Chess when he realizes he's Underestimated Badassery.
  • Combat Compliment: When facing off in the Tower for the first time, Robin is impressed with Slade's fighting skill. At the end of the film, after the Titans defeat Slade with their theme song, Slade comments that it was "monumentally dope" before collapsing.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Slade is never referred to as Deathstroke the Terminator. Averted with everyone else in the film. However, at one point he's wearing a belt with the letter D on it.
  • Continuity Snarl: Cyborg is offended at the idea of being with the Justice League. Of course, these days he's more associated as a Justice League member than Titans member.
  • Cover Version: Lil Yachty (who voices John Stewart) provides the official cover of "Go! (Remix)".
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Superman, Wonder Woman and John Stewart take less than a second to defeat Balloon Man.
  • Cuteness Proximity: One scene during the Titans' theme song has Beast Boy in cat form with the other Titans squeeing over him, with Cyborg, Robin, and Starfire having hearts for eyes and Raven's hood forming a heart shape.
  • Denser and Wackier: Predictably, Slade, the previous show's Knight of Cerebus, has been given the same makeover as the others, now a Laughably Evil Deadpan Snarker. That said, part of the joke seems to be he's a legitimately dangerous villain the Titans are trying to prove themselves worthy archenemies to.
  • Designated Hero: Invoked, deconstructed, and the main drive of the movie: the Teen Titans, despite being the main characters, are not heroes. They have hardly ever done anything remotely heroic and are considered just sidekicks at best and completely immature at worst. Even Batman's utility belt, an article of clothing, is considered higher up than Robin. Their main drive is seeking to escape this trope and be seen as real heroes. As opposed to his original self, who had a fascination with the team, and Robin in particular, Slade doesn't view them as even worth his time at first.
    • The other superheroes can be viewed as such too, even moreso than the Titans, due to them being too busy making, watching and starring in their own movies to focus on actually being heroes, which is something that Slade counted on to happen so he can carry his plan off without anyone to stop him.
  • Didn't Think This Through: The Titans realize that preventing all of the superhero origins wasn't such a hot idea with all of the villains now unopposed.
  • Divide and Conquer: The real BFG in Slade's Mind Manipulation ability.
  • Dual Wielding: As usual, Slade fights with a sword in each hand. Even his Giant Mecha.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: A "B v S" poster in the background features Batgirl and Supergirl from Lauren Faust's upcoming DC Super Hero Girls.
  • Easily Forgiven: The rest of the Titans instantly forgive Robin, partly because they love the dramatic apology monologue he made thinking he was going to perform a Heroic Sacrifice, and partly because they're family and really only wanted him to be happy.
  • Empathy Doll Shot: When Slade blows up the Tower, the camera lingers on some of the Titans' rooms as they burn, including a group shot photo of the team.
  • Evil Is Petty: In the timeline without Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman, Lex Luthor is seen shaving other people's heads.
  • Exact Words: When Supergirl says she's wearing Plastic Man, she means Plastic Man in dress form instead of a dress designed by Plastic Man.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: Cyborg moans without the Titans, he'd just be a professional football player. Though he does go on to list the consequences of such.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • There's a couple of clues about Jade and Slade being one and the same.
      • The teaser poster has each cast member on one row each. Kristen Bell and Will Arnett's names, however, are on the same row and in the same color (red).
      • Those familiar with Slade/Deathstroke from the comics know his full name is "Slade Wilson". This tips off a savvy/nerdy viewer that there's something not quite right about Jade from the get-go.
      • At the Batman Again! premiere, notice how Jade seemed to disappear before the trailers start. A couple of minutes later, Slade raids Star Labs. And during the aforementioned raid, Slade says the Justice League won't come because they're watching a movie and keeping their cell phones off.
      • On the set for Robin's movie, Jade, while smirking, takes a glance at a faulty stage light, which knocks Robin out as soon as he presses a button to access the fake vault. When he wakes up, they do the scene again, with the same facial recognition and code system as the real vault.
      • The severe lack of professionalism during the filming of the vault scene is also a hint.
      • Jade seems to display an awful lot of persuasion in regards to letting Robin having his own movie. She's displaying a suspicious amount of Mind Manipulation.
      • Five-Second Foreshadowing: This comes to a head while in the vault, when Jade uses the Look Behind You trick on Robin.
    • A different type of meta-foreshadowing. A good chunk of the action and dialogue during the film is more like the 2003 show than their regular show, while the scenes with Slade use orchestral versions of the 2003 Teen Titans theme and Slade's theme returns when he's plotting. Heck, the climax is basically a Whole Plot Reference to the Season 1 finale "The Apprentice". Lo and behold, they make an appearance in The Stinger.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Jade's D.O.O.M.S.D.A.Y.note  device, which seems like it isn't until it is.
  • Gasshole: When Balloon Man gets a handful of quills from Beast Boy in his butt (albiet unintentionally), a leak is created, creating a noise that sounds like farting as the air leaks. This goes on for a while, and goes on to be pointed out by several characters.
  • Genre-Killer: Invoked in one of the many, many moments of self-deprecation found in the film, with the teaser trailer and posters claiming that it will be so godawful that it will kill the superhero genre. Hopefully.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • Supergirl wearing Plastic Man as her dress. Needless to say, Plas is excessively pleased.
    • The billboard for Ulility Belt: The Movie has "The Movie" planted directly on Batman's crotch. The Titans later burst through it during the studio lot chase.
  • Giant Mecha: The climax has the Titans fighting Slade in one of these.
  • Gratuitous Special Effects: Invoked during Robin's "My Superhero Movie", where he talks about having tons of special effects, including a special effects cape.
  • The Greatest Story Never Told: The film reveals that the Titans' various exploits of actual superhero derring-do have been largely eclipsed by their more prolific episodes of buffoonery and reckless behavior.
  • Guttural Growler: Even for Will Arnett, Slade's voice is more gravelly than even Batman's.
  • Heroic BSoD: Robin suffers this three times.
    • The first one is when he sees that none of Batman's movies feature him and becomes the laughingstock of the other superheroes (except the Titans).
    • The second time happens when Slade exploits the Titans' stupidity with mind manipulation and escapes before gloating about it to them. Robin sadly retreats to his room, and lies down on his bed, looking more depressed than he's ever been.
    • The final one is when Jade reveals herself to be Slade in disguise and he reveals his Evil Plan, before cruelly mocking Robin for letting it happen and destroys Titans Tower.
  • Hope Spot: A particularly funny one, when Raven portals the mind-controlled superheroes away.
    Challenger: Challengers! We're saved!
    (Superheroes immediately blast them.)
    • And a more dramatic one occurs at the climax. The Titans destroy all the mind control screens surrounding Robin and think they saved him in time. However, when Robin turns around...
  • "I Am" Song: '"Go!"' is a "We Are" rap sung by the Titans themselves while fighting Balloon Man. Unfortunately they get distracted by their own hype and allow the villain to keep stealing and almost make his getaway.
    • Triumphant Reprise: The Titans sing it again during the final battle against Slade. This time, the music sounds more heroic and the Titans do defeat Slade by the end of it.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Why Robin and the Titans travel to Hollywood to make their own movie.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: The Titans are forced into one with Robin, who was Brainwashed and Crazy by Slade at the time. They manage to break through to him by showing him the second half of their Robin movie.
  • "I Want" Song: Robin sings one of getting his own movie.
    My superhero movie — you'll be linin' up to see a movie all about me!
    • Dark Reprise: During the climax, Slade sings it back to Robin to get him to glance at the hypnotic film.
  • Improbable Weapon User: One of the projectiles Cyborg's cannon fires are giant meatballs. It's effective in blinding Slade's Giant Mecha during the climax.
  • Ironic Echo: Done twice.When Slade is first introduced, he demonstrates his powers of Mind Manipulation in the hammiest way possible. However, when Jade pulls the Look Behind You trick on Robin...
    Jade: Made you look!
    Robin: No! (Jade kicks him back, causing him to get locked in restraints) So everything. The movie, turning me against my friends. It was all just-
    Slade: (in the most taunting way possible) Mind manipulation...!
  • It Only Works Once: The Teen Titans don't fall for the Look Behind You trick a second time. In fact, it makes the Titans immune to his other obvious Mind Manipulation tricks, like the old "what's that on your collar" trick. It forces him into using his most powerful ability: Divide and Conquer.note 
  • It's All About Me: Sung by Robin during "My Superhero Movie".
    'Cause it's my movie, my movie, my superhero movie. It's all about me.
    Yeah, it's all about me.
  • It's All My Fault: Robin blames himself for the Tower's destruction and possibly getting his friends killed. He's not completely wrong.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: Robin has one in his "My Superhero Movie" fantasy.
  • Latex Perfection: Exaggerated. Jade Wilson is secretly Slade in disguise, made even more absurd by how he's still wearing a face-obscuring helmet and heavy weapons underneath the fake suit. Robin points out that having to wear it constantly must have been hot and sweaty, to which Slade quickly agrees. Achieves ridiculous status when Slade's mask is removed, but his head is atop the lithe, feminine Jade body.
  • Left the Background Music On: The Titans start their theme song, but it's completely diegetic — Balloon Man rolls his eyes in disgust when they start — not even facing him, and facing the "audience" — and continues his rampage.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: From Alfred: The Movie ("The Ultimate Grime Fighter"):
    Alfred: It's time to clean up the city. [brandishes a broom menacingly]
    • When the Titans manage to take the MacGuffin away from him, Slade drops the condescension and treats them like a real problem ("Divide and Conquer".)
  • Let's You and Him Fight: The climax has Slade use a crystal to brainwash every superhero on Earth, leaving the Titans the only team protected from his thrall.
  • Logo Joke: The DC Films logo is animated in the style of the film. Cyborg is included as he is in the movie.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Slade. For instance, when Robin has him dead to rights, he's able to distract Robin by saying that truly great heroes let their arch-nemesis get away to foil their next plan, ensuring a great superhero movie. Robin suddenly zones out thinking about having a movie, giving Slade the chance to pull a Stealth Hi/Bye. He also manages to mind control Robin by aiming at his insecurities and making him look at his movie. Even though he knew it was a trap.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Slade's initial Mind Manipulation consists of the "rubber pencil" trick, the "detached thumb" trick and Look Behind You.
  • Mythology Gag: The Teen Titans' movie set and props uses the flat color schemes of the backgrounds on the TV show. There are even physical versions of the show's "TT" transitional wipes. Also, the animals that have been sitting on the rocks outside the tower during the first four seasons of the series (the seagull from Season One, the crab from Season Two, the pelican from Season Three and the octopus from Season Four) are seen walking through the soundstage at one point.
    • When Slade realizes that the Teen Titans are more competent than he thought, he decides to zero-in on Robin in a plan to break up the team, much like how he took a great fascination to him in the 2003 series. In fact, his so-called mind-manipulation abilities seem to be a Call-Back to his 2003 counterpart in regard to how he was able to play the Titans like a fiddle. Robin even became his "apprentice", in a metaphorical way, for a short time.
    • Robin's ass gets a lot of attention in the film, the same as it did in the series, recalling the infamous "Robin twerking" scene.
    • One Robin movie poster is "ROBIN: The Dark Hero Returns", featuring Robin with a Milleresque bolt of lightning behind him. Another, Robin 2, parodies the classic Action Comics #1 cover. In the same sequence, there's a reference to the original Star Wars poster with Starfire clinging to his leg a la Princess Leia.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Discussed and turned into a Running Gag, as the Titans comment on how an arch-nemesis should have a catchy, ominous name. They're impressed by the name "Slade". Later, everyone else in the DCU is impressed with the name, too.
  • Never Say "Die": Averted, big time. Slade says he explicitly wants to kill the Titans, and a brainwashed Robin also says he wants to kill them. During his fights with the Titans, Slade definitely is trying to kill them brutally and efficiently.
  • Off-Model: In-Universe, Robin in his movie, with special gloves to make his "tiny hands" larger, and his face more like a '90s Anti-Hero Nightwing.
  • Only Sane Man: Robin, to a degree. For example, being the only one who knows that the toilet on the movie set is only a studio prop.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: One of Starfire's main character traits include almost always using "the" in every sentence she makes. When Robin shoos the Titans away so he can make his movie, she doesn't use "the" at all. What she does say is a completely coherent and sincere statement.
    Starfire: (while hugging Robin, and shedding a tear) Good luck to you, Robin. I hope to one day see your movie. I think it will be very good. (leaves)
  • Our Product Sucks: The film's advertisements mostly hinge on the fact that the show has many detractors and how disliked the characters are both in-universe and out. One piece of advertising has them reading the negative comments that resulted from the teaser trailer, ending with Starfire deciding that even if some people don’t like them, it's fantastic to even have people discussing them.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: Robin does one before he and his team take on Slade.
    Robin: So, laugh at us all you want, but we're still gonna take you down!
    Slade: With what? One of your stupid songs?
    Robin: ...Exactly!
  • Public Service Announcement: One of the tie-ins for the film is a PSA about choosing the right car seat for your child.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Doubles as Reality Subtext for the show itself, but the film deconstructs and discusses the Designated Hero status of the Teen Titans. They realize that constantly goofing off and not actually doing much superhero work has resulted in them not being seen as true heroes. This is what drives the Titans, especially Robin, to go to Hollywood to make a movie about themselves and prove their worth.
    • In the show proper, the Titans usually get away with their antics with little to no consequences. Here? Not so much. Case in point...
      • Balloon Man just keeps robbing while the Titans were playing their song until the Justice League arrives.
      • The Titans (sans Robin) causing their usual throughout the Warner Bros. studio causes Jade to change her mind about making a movie about the whole team to focus only on Robin, the one Titan that didn't cause any trouble. Though considering her true identity, this was most likely invoked.
    • The movie also paints the Butt-Monkey trope in a more realistic light. Robin, like in the show, gets repeatedly mocked due to being seen as immature. However, unlike in the show, he takes it pretty hard, especially since everyone excluding the other Titans keeps reminding him. This is also part of the reason why Slade succeeds in mind manipulating him, whether to bring his guard down or take control of him in the climax, even though Robin knew what he was doing.
      • A specific moment comes when the Titans sneak into the Batman Again! premiere. Before the trailer for Utility Belt: The Movie, Robin climbs onto the stage thinking the movie was about him. When he finds out what the trailer is for though, everyone in the theater (except for the other Titans) laughs at him. Robin runs out of the theater, embarrassed and in tears. Despite his status in the superhero world, he's also still a teenager.
    • The Titans time travel to prevent superhero origin stories from occurring, thinking that they will be the only superheroes around to have a movie. However, when they succeed and travel back to the present, they find the world in ruins and supervillains running amok. Realizing that with no heroes, villains can do any heinous crime they want, they went back and restored those origin stories.
    • When the Titans talk about their terrible fates had they not become a team, Cyborg mentions that he could've become a professional football player. When Starfire points out that that actually sounds like a good deal, Cyborg points out the less glamorous side of it–namely, the serious injuries, going broke, and having to compete on a reality dance show.
  • Running Gag:
    • Comments about Robin's baby hands. It's even used as a Chekhov's Gag!
    • Saying Slade's name ominously. SLAAAAAAAAAAAAAADE.
    • On that note, every character dramatically says their name with their name appearing behind them. Even Stan Lee.
    • And in the case of Slade, the Titans referring to him as Deadpool.
    • "Oh right – portal!"
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • The Titans immediately bail after they accidentally run over and kill Tiger.
    • Stan Lee when he realizes he's in a DC movie.note 
      "This is Stan Lee — doing my subtle cameo! *assistant whispers in ear* This is a DC movie? I gotta get outta here!"
  • Self-Deprecation:
    • Beast Boy says "No one wants to see us, fool" in the teaser trailer.
    • The trailer predicting that the movie will be such a failure that it will kill the superhero genre could also qualify as the movie taking a shot at itself.
    • The movie constantly roasts the titular team for their recent lack of heroic feats with the Justice League knowing them more for slacking off and wrecking Jump City than their actual impressive (and much less frequent) moments of saving the world.
    • In the 2003 show, Slade was very interested in the Titans and actually began their conflict himself. Here? He doesn't (initially) view them as worth his time and one of their major desires is to make him take them seriously.
  • Ship Tease: Raven/Beast Boy and Robin/Starfire each get at least one, doubling as a Mythology Gag.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Show Within a Show: Batman Again!, Alfred: The Movie, among many others. invoked
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: The movie does have more heart than the show with a good moral to boost while mixing a lot of irreverent meta-humor putting this 2D animated family-film somewhere in the middle.
  • Spanner in the Works: Slade-as-Jade made sure every superhero was distracted by them having their own movie, even The Challengers Of The Unknown. What he didn't count on were the Titans, who had no movie and therefore were the only ones who confronted Slade at S.T.A.R. Labs, and he really didn't count on them being competent enough to grab the MacGuffin away from him, countering his moves. This drives "Jade" to try to distract the Titans by Divide and Conquer while making the Robin movie the main vector for his Mind-Control Device.
  • Stealth Insult: The teaser trailer goes from praising the Wonder Woman movie (and no other DCEU movie) at first and then hopes that this film will be what finally "ends" the superhero film genre for good.
  • The Stinger:
    • Mid-credits: The 2003 animated incarnation of the Titans appear in a static-filled monitor, stating that they think they've found a way to return.
    • Near the end of the credits, the Challengers of the Unknown appear in the margins, establishing the crawl's setting as the void that Raven put them in earlier in the film. Ace, their leader, states that they have missed the rest of the film.
  • The Talk: The final joke of the movie is Robin loosing what lesson he was going to teach the audience and telling them instead to ask their parents where babies come from.
  • Take That!:
    The funniest part? The embarrassed Green Lantern is John Stewart, and the person who played Green Lantern in that movie was Deadpool's actor.
    • The Titans think they are beating the crap out of Slade, but it's Shia LaBeouf (but not actually voiced by him) playing Slade in their movie. They go "Ohh" and continue to pummel him, with Beast Boy saying "That's even worse than being a villain!"
  • Take That, Audience!: Slade gives a jab to people who go to the movie and keep their cell phones on.
  • Take That, Critics!: Par for the course with the show, the sneak peek for the second trailer consisted of the Titans reading negative tweets made about their first trailer before choosing to ignore them and focus on the fact their movie is being talked about. These were actual tweets and the Teen Titans GO Movie page on Twitter actually asked each user if they could use them for the sole purpose of putting them on blast.
    • Surprisingly averted in the movie itself, where Robin takes the criticisms seriously, until the end that is.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Invoked and parodied in "Upbeat Inspirational Song About Life", which features rainbows, cosmic narwhals and a singing tiger, among other things. They pretty much nailed The '80s perfectly.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: The Titans weaponize it against Slade during the climax.
  • Theme Tune Cameo:
    • Inputting the correct code in the Titans' vault sounds like a bit from the Teen Titans Go! theme.
    • The fights between Slade and the Titans are an orchestral version of the original 2003 Titans theme.
    • When a mind-controlled Batman chases the Titans, Danny Elfman's Batman (1989) theme plays.
  • Title Drop: Robin says the full title as part of his command to head to the Batman movie premiere.
  • To Be Continued: At the end of the theatrical release, the very last credit is "To Be Continued on Cartoon Network", which led to the episode "Tower Renovation", which dealt with one of the unresolved plot points of the film. It also may suggest the 2003 Titans' will return to the channel, though that will likely be on DC's new streaming service. Said credit is removed from the Blu-ray and Digital releases, however, since "Tower Renovation had aired since the film's release.
  • Toilet Humor: There's several fart jokes and a minute-long poop joke.
  • Took a Level in Badass: The Titans in the final battle, but special mention goes to Raven, who finally uses her powers to their fullest for the first time in the series' history, showing what Trigon's Daughter can really do.
  • Totally Radical: The Time Cycles that the Titans use are powered by "radness". When they're not being rad enough, they bust out some sick moves that are "sick" and "gnarly". It's only when Robin has them deploy the bike's streamers that they're considered rad enough to go back in time.
  • Traitor Shot: When Robin comments at how real the Teen Titans Tower set is, Jade flashes a truly malevolent smile before telling him it is real.
  • True Companions: The series always depicted the Titans as housemates who sometimes chafe each other. The film raises the stakes and allows for moments that show the Titans are more a Family of Choice and really do love each other, which the series format really couldn't do.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Slade seems to be parodying this, as part of the humor seems to be how he's a genuinely dangerous and serious threat the Titans are trying to get to take them seriously.
  • Villain: "Exit, Stage Left!": After their first battle, Slade invokes the trope, saying that a true arch-nemesis will escape, allowing for Serial Escalation. Robin isn't having any of it, but Slade uses some Mind Manipulation to distract Robin long enough to Stealth Hi/Bye.
  • Villain Respect: After Slade's Giant Mecha is destroyed by the Titans and their Theme Music Power-Up, he stumbles out of the head and manages to compliment "That song ... was monumentally dope" before collapsing.
  • Villainous Crossdresser:Of all people, Slade fits this, as he disguises himself as Jade Wilson for his plot.
  • Wham Line:
    Jade: Whoa! Robin! What is that?!
    Robin: (confused) Huh? I don't see anything, there's nothing there-
    Jade: Made you look!
    Robin: (realizing) NO!! (gets kicked into a trap)

    2003!Robin: This is the Teen Titans! Can anyone hear us? We think we've found a way back!
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The destruction of the Tower never gets resolved in the film. However, the August 13, 2018 episode "Tower Renovation" serves as the epilogue to the film. (Unfortunately, the Universe decides to screw the Titans over and re-destroy the Tower.)
  • Who Are You?: Balloon Man asks this to the Titans, which prompts them to start singing their "I Am" Song.
    Beast Boy: Yo, Cy! This guy don't know who we is!
    Cyborg: Oh really? Then I think it's time we tell him!
  • Who Would Want to Watch Us?: Beast Boy says "No one wants to see us, fool" in the teaser trailer.
  • Whole Plot Reference: The climax takes many cues from the Season 1 two-part episode of Teen Titans (2003) "Apprentice".
  • Worth It: Stan Lee returns for a second cameo, stating he doesn't care if it's a DC film — he just loves doing cameos!
  • You Are Not Alone: After the destruction of the Tower, the Titans assure Robin that he won't have to face Slade alone.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: Uttered verbatim by Slade when Robin tells him he would make a good arch-nemesis for the Titans.
    Slade: You guys are a joke! Everyone knows that!

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