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     Baby Wildebeest
Abilities: Super-strength

The Wildebeest Society experimented with genetically-created host bodies to house the tainted souls of Azarath. The Baby Wildebeest was their only successful experiment, before the organization was destroyed by the New Titans. Taking care of the infant creature, the Titans soon realized that it could transform to a grown-up Wildebeest, and let him join the team.

  • Baby Talk: Often spoke in this, due to being a toddler. By the time of his cameos in Devin Grayson's Titans, he spoke a little more coherently and like a slightly older child.
  • C-List Fodder: Notable for being a gratuitous death of a child character, even if he was in his hulked-out adult mode at the time. He basically was violently gored through by Superboy Prime's heat vision, after attempting to attack him for beheading his "mama".
  • Depending on the Artist: As to how monsterish he might have looked, vs. slightly more humanoid appearances.
  • Designer Babies: One of the Wildebeest Society's many unusual test subjects.
  • Redeeming Replacement: to the Wildebeest Society
  • Stuffed in the Fridge: Died alongside his adopted mother Pantha to serve as character development for his father-figure Red Star. Character development that never happened beyond a single issue of Teen Titans.

     Beast Boy / Changeling
AKA: Garfield Logan
Abilities: Animal shapeshifting

Beast Boy, also known as Garfield Logan and Changeling, is a superhero with the power to shape-shift into members of the animal kingdom. He is a regular member of the Doom Patrol and the Teen Titans. His special abilities make him a fearsome and unpredictable opponent, although he has a very easy-going nature. Garfield received his powers when an untested serum was used to protect him from a virus transmitted through animal bite. Orphaned at a young age, he eventually found a loving family as the adopted son of Mento and Elasti-Girl. Raised as a kid hero on the Doom Patrol, he grew up and moved to the Teen Titans later in his career.

  • Abusive Parents: Nicholas Galtry, his abusive guardian before his Doom Patrol enlistment. Galtry was the Logan family attorney who became Garfield's court-appointed guardian to gain access to the kid's massive inheritance and spend it for his own ends, from covering bad investments to hiring assassins to kill Garfield for finding out. He even conspired with the Brotherhood of Evil for a time. Bonus points for being Retconned into Garfield's maternal uncle in the nineties.
  • Afraid of Doctors: In Geoff Johns run, Superboy and Beast Boy have a phobia of doctors, due to both of them being experimented on as kids. Beast Boy in particular has a special hatred for needles.
  • Almighty Janitor: At least one interpretation of Beast Boy's character is that he has immense power (see Inverse Law of Complexity to Power below) but doesn't want the responsibility involved.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Gar's been green for over fifty years... except for that brief stint in the New 52 where he was colored red to highlight his new connection to The Rednote . Once his debut title was cancelled, he was shuttled over to the Teen Titans and his green skin quietly restored.
  • Ambiguously Human: While it's a common shorthand to describe him as an X-Men-style mutant, it's hard to tell whether he's even really human at all anymore, given his DNA is completely mutable.
  • Animorphism: He can turn into a green version of any animal (though he can't turn into larger animals without strain) and can speak in any form. This is because he's not limited to turning into animals, are included magical and mythological monsters.
  • Archnemesis Dad: Steve Dayton of the Doom Patrol, who spent the nineties insane and conspiring to murder Garfield in punishment for supposedly killing the Patrol himself, going so far as to take on the moniker "Crimelord". He vanished in the mid-nineties and wasn't to reappear for a good decade or so. "That Crimelord business" was quickly swept under the rug, being only "a glitch in the helmet".
  • Art Evolution: How Beast Boy's powers manifested wasn't immediately settled at first. When he first showed up, he could turn into any animal almost perfectly except for his head, which stayed green and retained a few human features. It wasn't until later that he started turning into complete (and completely green) animals.
  • The Artifact: His red-and-white uniforms are holdovers from the original Doom Patrol of the sixties; he continues to wear the colors even decades after the crew was brought back from the dead and the "team uniform" was retired.
  • Attention Whore: Admits to himself in post-Rebirth that he feels the need to have attention on him.
  • Bad Future:
    • Downplayed. While present-Gar's current form is Ambiguously Human, his Kingdom Come self Menagerie is very much a living gargoyle, for reasons unknown.
    • In the Titans Tomorrow storyline, Gar encounters a nearly feral future self named "Animal Man".
    • He survives a Zombie Apocalypse to show up in the Rotworld crossover.
    • He's also one of the last few superheroes left in the Forever Evil storyline, now using the moniker Beast Man, with his wife Rose Wilson and their daughter Red.
    • Killed off in the Injustice: Gods Among Us timeline via a nuke.
  • The Berserker: After being empowered by the Source energy he has to be careful not to be overwhelmed by his animal instincts and go feral.
  • Beast Man: Due to the fallout of Justice League: No Justice, his Shape Shifter Default Form has mutated into a heftier, more brutal form; while he can return to his human shape, it takes a conscious effort.
  • Beware the Nice Ones / Beware the Silly Ones: He's such a good-natured goofball that you almost forget that he can change into any number of things that can and will kill people. At one time, he turned himself into a poisonous spider, bit a foe, and said that the foe had a choice; give himself up to the authorities who could give him a cure, or run and die. That being said, it takes a lot for him to get truly dangerous.
  • Big Brother Mentor: There was an occasion or two in the Pre-Flashpoint books where Garfield tried to mentor other heroes but met resistance from both the Titans and later writers.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Raven in the New 52.
  • Boxing Lessons for Superman: One of the "limitations" of Beast Boy's power some writers employ is the fact that he simply doesn't know what he can do. Just watching Animal Planet allows him to discover new animal forms and the inherent powers they possess.
  • Characterization Marches On: The original Doom Patrol Beast Boy was a dyed-in-the-wool Rebellious Spirit. New Teen Titans Beast Boy was a Sad Clown. Modern incarnations (read: those following the famous Teen Titans cartoon) tend to go for the immature goofball who can turn into feral animals.
  • Chick Magnet: Between his multiple romances and his moderate celebrity, Beast Boy tends to have little problem with attracting women.
  • Code Name: Gar's had several code names over the years. While he started (and is typically known) as "Beast Boy", he became "Changeling" after he became a New Teen Titan; this was later undone by DC when Geoff Johns wrote his miniseries in the oughts (Johns himself only referred to the character as "Garfield" or "Gar"). Sometimes he goes by "the Beast-Boy" or "the Changeling". In Kingdom Come, he instead goes by Menagerie.
  • Combo Platter Powers: While his main power is shapeshifting (see Inverse Law of Complexity to Power below), he also has, in no particular order, super strength, super speed, super senses, an advanced Healing Factor, and enough psychic power to use Mento's psionic helmet. However, these secondary powers receive very little attention, so little that some writers up and forget they exist.
  • Comicbook Time: Beast Boy debuted as a teenager in 1965, where it was made quite clear that he had a substantial inheritance to receive upon is 21st birthday. He made it all the way to Flashpoint without turning 21; poor guy.
  • Compressed Adaptation: When Beast Boy shows up in a Teen Titans adaptation, his main role will likely be comic relief. His Dark and Troubled Past will be summarily ignored in favor of him being silly and making jokes (and usually lousy ones at that) — a Sad Clown without the Sad; even the 2003 cartoon didn't bother with the Doom Patrol until they hit the Post-Script Season.
  • Curtains Match the Window: He has green hair and eyes.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Pre-Flashpoint Garfield was nearly defined by misery. As a child he nearly died from an infectious monkey bite, survived at the cost of his humanity, and then both his birth parents died in a flood. He was kidnapped by crooks who used him for jewel heists and eventually shot each other to death right in front of him; later he found himself with an abusive guardian who stole his inheritance and used it to try and kill him. He found brief happiness with the Doom Patrol until they were blown to bits by a particularly stubborn Nazi named General Zahl. Mento, his adoptive father, became an insanity-driven Heel–Face Revolving Door and blamed Garfield, conspiring repeatedly to kill him. He's also been perennially unlucky in love; Jillian Jackson's father didn't approve of her dating anybody with green skin, and his next two girlfriends, Terra and Raven, have major — major — Daddy Issues.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Geoff Johns penned the Beast Boy miniseries in 2000, and then the Beast Boys and Girls arc in 2004. The first took place while he was trying to break back into acting after declining to join the resurrected Titans group and getting, and the second featured him being temporarily stripped of his powers even as they were infecting all the children in the city.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: During the events of NTT Gar angsts on occasion about the demise of his birth parents and when he's not, he angsts about the death of Elasti-girl and the Doom Patrol. Technically Mento was still alive, but he'd been psychically tortured and spent the nineties as a supervillain called Crimelord.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Comes with the territory of You Fight Like a Cow.
  • Demonic Possession: There have been a couple of occasions over the years where Gar has been under the influence of some foreign evil spirit, which transformed him into a physical version of themselves or some other monstrosity.
  • Depending on the Artist: How animalistic he looks (with features like Pointed Ears and Cute Little Fangs, clawed hands and bare feet, or slitted rather than round pupils) varies with each artist who draws him. How old he looks is also frequently changed, oftentimes looking as young as Bart rather then his actual age.
  • Depending on the Writer: Beast Boy's had a number of different interpretations over the years. One good example is how some authors have let him grow up and mature into a leader and mentor of the Titansnote , only for others to come along and recast him as the immature prat he started as in NTT.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Way back in '65, he invaded Doom Patrol headquarters and ransacked everything (up to and including defacing a picture of Elasti-girl and putting an axe through one of Robotman's spare head units), came back the next night and got caught only when the Doom Patrol successfully ganged up on him. When they finally let the teenage punk out, he immediately started bellowing at them for messing up his hair and shoes and started another fight, hurling insults in every direction. He then had the gall to demand they let him on the team. The Doom Patrol hated his guts, but the fans loved him, and he's been around for more than fifty years since.
  • Evil Makes You Monstrous:
    • A variant; Gar's transformations become more monstrous as he gets angrier. When he suffers Uncontrollable Rage, he effectively goes One-Winged Angel.
    • The Brotherhood of Evil got ahold of him and subjected him to torture, leaving him stuck turning only into monsters for a time back in the nineties.
    • During one of Raven's evil stints, she implanted a seed of Trigon in him, turning him evil and, unsurprisingly, forcing him to turn into demonic creatures.
  • Fairytale Motifs: Inverted. His origin story is structured almost identically to one.
    • Gar is the child of luminaries in the scientific community. (He starts as the heir of wealth and nobility...).
    • He got his powers from an experimental cure for a lethal disease. (And is granted power by surviving an encounter with death).
    • He was very briefly adopted by King Tawaba and his wife of Upper Lamumba. (He becomes a prince in his own right...).
    • He lived on his own following this for some time. (But becomes a feral child with the power of animals).
    • A local witch doctor had him kidnapped by a couple of crooks. (He was sent into exile by the manipulations of a jealous magician...).
    • In the earliest version of his origin, he rescued a tribe of enhanced gorilla soldiers by freeing them from their military captors. (Only to become a warrior and lead an army into battle).
    • He is adopted by his family's conniving lawyer, later retconned into his Evil Uncle. (Despite his victory, he's sent again into exile and imprisonment...).
    • Eventually, he proves himself worthy of joining the Doom Patrol and is adopted by Steve and Rita. (But again becomes a hero by virtue of martial prowess and a noble heart, and is rewarded at last with a real family. Not bad for the "Teen Tornado").
  • Flanderization: Gar's Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass baseline was established by the 2003 cartoon and appears to have been adopted on by DC's actual comic writers not long after. Gar was having stories about his need to mature as late as 2008 and on.
  • For the Funnyz: Gar is almost constantly wisecracking, even when it annoys his teammates. According to New Teen Titans, he does it to keep his head from "blowing up from depression".
  • Greaser Delinquents: Downplayed; classic Doom Patrol Beast Boy has the slicked hair, the jacket, and the attitude. Kid was every inch the young rebel.
  • The Grinch: In the 2009 holiday special, The (Beast) Boy who Hated Christmas!note . Beast Boy hates Christmas because, while everybody else is having fun and enjoying all the conventional pleasures of the season, he gets to spend his holiday doing hours of menial labor for his abusive guardian Nick Galtry, cleaning his dingy, ratty motel room. Luckily, Elasti-girl hates Christmas, too.
  • Hand Wave:
    • Where does Beast Boy's uniform go? The writers haven't really bothered to explain it. In the original Doom Patrol stories, his clothes actually don't disappear but are hidden by "emanations from his body". Decades later, Wally West revealed he could tell where the uniform disappeared to and used it as leverage to shut Gar up while he was cracking wise about Gorilla Grodd.
    • How does Gar manage to talk normally even while in animal form? Heck if the writers know... but you could justify it if you factor in his psychic powers.
  • Happy Ending Override:
    • Gar gets adopted by Rita and Steve in the sixties? The Doom Patrol is murdered by General Zahl.
    • Gar finally starts getting along with Steve out of shared love for Rita? Steve goes mad (again) and tries to kill him.
    • Gar finally resumes a relationship with Raven at the end of the Post-Crisis Titans? Flashpoint happens.
  • Has a Type: While Beast Boy and Raven have been a Fan-Preferred Couple since the 2003 cartoon, in the comics his first two girlfriends were blonde and blue-eyed: sweetheart Jillian Jackson and the ill-fated Tara Markov. He's also very close with Bette "Flamebird" Kane, another blonde. It's even lampshaded at the end of the 2000 Beast Boy miniseries:
    Bette: You can't resist a cute blonde and a smile.
    Gar: Never could, Bette. Never could.
  • The Heart: A genuinely nice, compassionate guy who hides the pain with a lot of bad jokes to cheer up his Blessed with Suck teammates. If you need someone to pull a "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight, send Gar. The fact that it didn't work with comic book Terra was what cemented her as irredeemable. It's also why giving him a very unpleasant fate is shorthand for a timeline gone wrong.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With pre-Flashpoint Cyborg. Cyborg is often bitter at what he frequently sees as the loss of part of his humanity, but Beast Boy can always cheer him up. Conversely, when Beast Boy hits a few too many points on the dingbat meter, Cyborg can bring him down to earth.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • It was a recurring theme of his during the New Teen Titans that Garfield was constantly making jokes, lame or otherwie, in order to keep his head "from blowing up from depression."
    • NTT Garfield was also once indicated to be fluent in sign-language and could read Jericho's.
  • Hide Your Otherness: Downplayed; for a guy with green skin and hair, there's only so much otherness you can hide, but one interpretation of why he doesn't use the full extent of his powers is that he's ashamed of them for being freakish.
  • Hunk: Gar boasts a significant amount of chest and arm hair whenever he gets a shirtless scene.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: He is very attached to his super powers, and has had them since he was too small to know anything different. Changing into any critter he can think of? That's not just useful, it's a lot of fun.
  • Impossibly Tacky Clothes: His only decent costume was even phased out for one more like his original costume.
  • In-Universe Nickname: "Gar" from Garfield, on occasion.
  • Inverse Law of Complexity to Power: Garfield's power is "shapeshifting into animals", taking on both their form and natural powers. The range, mechanism, and limitations of his power have never, in the fifty years since his debut, been really examined, leading to what is basically one of the most versatile movesets in all of DC.
    • Typically he shifts into normal earth organisms, but he's turned into normal animals of unusual size (like a man-sized spider or a room-sized octopus), alien creatures (in the Titans cartoon, the Who is Wonder Girl? arc, and he became a Gordanian during an encounter with the Citadel), extinct creatures (including dinosaurs), demonic monsters (when under demonic influence, usually Trigon's or one of his children's), chimerical or amorphous monstrosities (when consumed with insane rage), mythical creatures like dragons or phoenixes (during "Beast of Legend", which occurred near the tail end of the Post-Crisis Titans, he takes the form of a giant ape that is directly compared to the Monkey King and Hanuman), fictional and imaginary creatures like the Jabberwock (as per a future incarnation of himself named Menagerie), humanoid "cartoon" animals (in Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew!) and in some cases multiple animals at once (like swarms of flies).
    • At least one interpretation of him can actually use multiple animal powers at once, such as replicating like an amoeba when he's a bull (that would be "Animal Man", from Titans Tomorrow).
    • Should his powers allow Beast Boy to turn into other humans? Wolfman and Perez say yes. Is he allowed to turn into other humans? Wolfman and Perez say no.
    • Next question: Can he become Kryptonian? He turned into a Gordanian in the NTT comics, so it's certainly possible for him to take on speaking, humanoid forms.
    • Given that he can turn into bacterial life forms (i.e. his power is to radically transform his genetic code), his powerset doesn't actually rule out transforming into plants or fungi. He just never does it, and perhaps it's never even occurred to the writers.
    • Note, this is without getting into the secondary powers he's exhibited, like superhuman strength, speed, and senses. Following the events of The Judas Contract, he also was shown to use Mento's psionic helmet... which can only be used by people with inherent psychic abilities.
  • Karmic Trickster: When he served with the original Doom Patrol, Garfield was not at all above using his abilities to humiliate and frustrate bullies and jerks at school; at one point he challenged a Jerk Jock to a race and used his rabbit morph to repeatedly get the drop on him. By the end of the race, the jock had been reduced to Tantrum Throwing and Inelegant Blubbering.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: During his original stint on the Doom Patrol, being the token teen with attitude.
  • King Incognito: One of the least-explored facets of his original character is that Gar does an awful lot of not talking about how he was adopted by an African king. King Tawaba of Upper Lamumba briefly took Gar as his son after the Logans died, but the kid rejected a life of rules and study and instead became a Wild Child living on the outskirts of the village in a treehouse with a chimp named Meka. Tawaba let this stand but promised to forever consider him his son and friend... which means Garfield is still an African prince.
  • The Leader: Subverted. In the 2000s there were a few motions in the direction of letting Gar lead his own team of Titans, only to come undone by either mandate or another writer. Whenever he is in the role, he's a Charismatic-type, and plays off of Robin's Levelheaded-type. They both have elements of Mastermind and Headstrong.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Downplayed. Rebirth's Teen Titans introduced him throwing a massive party with his uncle's money.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Boy-howdy! In his earliest TT appearances, he threw himself at nearly anything female. In fact, the second issue of The New Teen Titans has him intentionally inviting the team for a swim in his pool just to trick Donna Troy and Starfire into the skimpiest bikinis he could find. Whenever he got out of hand, Donna Troy was usually there to put him in his place.
    • In his Bronze Age bios, his relationship status was listed as "desperate."
  • Momma's Boy: Downplayed. Historically, Beast Boy has been closer to his mothers Marie and Rita then to his fathers Mark and Steve.
  • Master Actor: Zigzagged due to a case of Depending on the Writer (...on the Writer's Mood, that is). Gar was originally portrayed as a mediocre actor on Space Trek: 1999 (a show originally posited to be a ripoff of both Star Trek and Space: 1999) with a doomed-from-the-start career; Wolfman originally depicted Gar's claims about his successful career as a matter of Blatant Lies before deciding against it and ascribing him some actual celebrity. Since then, Gar has been depicted as a fairly talented actor with legitimate celebrity and Space Trek (now 2020) has become the DC universe equivalent of Star Trek rather then a knockoff.
  • Name's the Same: Garfield Logan is actually not DC's first "Beast Boy"; that identity was originally claimed by Ilshu Nor of the Heroes of Lallor (debut 1964), who had all the same powers, but underwent a Face–Heel Turn and Redemption Equals Death in short order after Gar's debut (1965).
  • Next Tier Power-Up: He awakened the ability to shape shift into mythological and magical animals when protecting Raven from the Wyld. His evil future self who had the same ability implied that he could do it all along but was afraid to do so. In 90s era comics he would pull out dragons on occasion, but he was also under significant psychological strain at the time.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: Being one of the most famous Teen Titans has unfortunately doomed him to being a perpetual teenager so he can stay stuck to the title. Having the name Beast Boy probably doesn't help.
  • Perfect Health: In the "Beast Boys and Girls" arc, he mentions that he hasn't been sick since he was six. His sickness is a plot point in the rest of the arc.
  • Primal Stance: While he usually walks upright, it's not unheard of for him to get into poses similar to predators at rest or about to pounce.
  • Psychic Powers: During the fallout from the climax of The Judas Contract, Garfield launches a campaign against Deathstroke using Mento's helmet to manipulate everyone around him. Not only does the helmet require the user to have psychic powers to even work, Beast Boy's illusions were even able to outfox dedicated psychics like the Titans' own Lilith Clay.
  • Rebellious Spirit: During his original stint on the Doom Patrol, Beast Boy was the Teenager with Attitude. He would mouth off to basically anyone whose name wasn't Elasti-girl.
  • Refusal of the Call: Played with. At one point in the eighties, Dr. Fate invited Beast Boy (among others) to join him in creating a new Justice League (as the Martian Manhunter had disbanded the original). Not only did Beast Boy turn him down, he invited everyone in the group to join the Teen Titans, of which group he was already a member.
  • Required Secondary Powers: Beast Boy only wears his uniform half of the time; it disappears whenever he shifts. Where, exactly, it goes (and the implications of it disappearing) are a puzzle that have yet to be solved.
  • Reincarnation: Played with. An issue of Doom Patrol, Vol. 3 casts the then-current incarnation of the patrol as characters in the story of Nao Yut (or Nou Yu T'u), an ancient animorph warlord and emperor (a legend of the people of Ch'u) who was suckled by a tiger — Nao Yut was played by Beast Boy, natch.
    How much of that story is true?
    Not very much.
  • Ret-Canon: Following the One Year Later Time Skip from Infinite Crisis, Beast Boy donned his costume from the cartoon and was given pointy ears and fanged teeth to match his animated counterpart.
  • Ret Gone:
    • John Byrne's run on Doom Patrol was a wholesale reboot of the series, which basically cost Beast Boy his adoptive mom and dad. The loss wasn't really paid any attention to until Infinite Crisis, when Beast Boy was there at Ground Zero for Superboy punching reality in half, leaving him and Rita Farr to deal with the fact that she was his mom again.
    • The New 52 rewrote Gar's entire history from scratch, doing away with his connection to the Doom Patrol entirely. Rebirth has yet to weigh in, but Gar did manage to cameo in Doom Patrol vol. 6 when one of its characters wears a shirt featuring his cartoon self from Teen Titans Go.
  • Sad Clown: His constant joking and goofing off are his way to distract himself from dwelling on tragedy. This is a character who got his start in Doom Patrol, after all.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Jillian "Jill" Jackson, who was introduced in Doom Patrol as the one girl who felt any sympathy for the high school outcast with green skin. Not quite enough to agree to date him, though (at least, not at first). Then New Teen Titans happened and her significance in Gar's life waned directly in proportion to Terra's growing presence.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: With Adorkable Action Girl Bette "Flamebird" Kane in the Beast Boy miniseries, who took his sudden reappearance in Hollywood to mean the imminent resurrection of Titans West under the moniker "Titans LA" (but, as we know, the project was never greenlit).
  • Secret Identity: Beast Boy had a really awkward relationship with secret IDs back in the day. During his original stint on the Patrol, he wore a distinctive (and ridiculous) purple hood to disguise his equally distinctive green skin. The hood and the uniform served as a full body disguise, which worked well enough back in the day, but nowadays the hood is usually only a character footnote to be glanced over or poked fun at.
  • Secretly Wealthy: Mostly it's a secret because it's another facet of his character so rarely paid attention to. Remember, Garfield has a substantial inheritance in both estate and research (his biological father made millions with medical innovations before devoting his life to studying Reverse Evolution) and his adoptive father is Steve Dayton, the fifth richest man in the world. The Dayton estate makes Wayne Manor look like a pleasant little townhome.
  • Selective Obliviousness: In the The Judas Contract story, Changeling will always believe that Terra was a Reverse Mole or that she was being controlled by Slade, despite all the evidence of the contrary, including Terra's own explicit remarks.
  • Shapeshifter Default Form: For most of his history, Garfield's natural state was simply a green human with Teen Idol good looks, but the success of the cartoon lead new management to depict him as a Little Bit Beastly. In the Rebirth-era Titans title, Gar's humanoid form is actually not his default, and he deforms into a hulking, furry creature when not concentrating.
  • Sixth Ranger: While Beast Boy served on the original Doom Patrol with his adoptive parents Mento and Elasti-girl, both Beast Boy and Mento served more as reserve forces to be called on when the main team was incapacitated in some way. They spent several missions at home, not getting along with each other.
  • Sole Survivor: If nothing else, Gar Logan is a survivor. He got to watch his parents go over a waterfall after a flood completely destroyed their African residence. He watched the crooks who kidnapped him shoot each other to death. For years, he was the only one who hadn't gone insane from the death of the Doom Patrol (until they found Robotman's Brain in a Jar was still functioning). In the New 52, he's the only member of the Ravagers to survive after the cancellation of their book.
  • Special Guest: Gar was almost one of the Fab Five, once upon a time. He appeared in an issue of the original Teen Titans, featuring just Robin, Kid Flash, Wonder Girl, and Aqua Lad — right after his debut in Doom Patrol, the Teen Titans writers considered whether they should bring him on (he was the second guest star after Speedy); the adventure was literally titled "The Fifth Titan". Notably, the Titans were actually quite welcoming, but couldn't accept him on the grounds that he needed Nick Galtry's permission, which, if you've been reading, you probably already figured wouldn't be forthcoming.note 
  • Super Strength: After being empowered by the source energy, his new Beast Man form has strength enough to out-muscle Miss Martian and Donna Troy.
  • Survivor's Guilt: A major part of his Sad Clown status is that many of the people he's loved are dead, and he feels that crushing sense of responsibility common to superheroes.
    • In The Terror of Trigon, his evil double drives him over the edge by claiming he's personally responsible for murdering everyone he's ever loved and invites him to feed upon their corpses as a reward for all his hard work.
    • Rebirth era Beast Boy feels guilty over not being there for Tim Drake.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: During a Nightwing-led revival of the Titans around the turn of the millenium, Gar felt rather obviously put-out at being invited as an afterthought and declined. He moved to LA and tried to work on his acting career, though he inevitably helped restore the Titans (yes, again, what, you think the Titans are stable?) with Cyborg and Starfire.
  • Transplant:
    • Beast Boy started off with the Doom Patrol but eventually wound up in the New Teen Titans (after a stint on Titans West) when Raven summoned him to join the new team she was building. He ended up bringing the DP mythos with him, tethering the two series together for decades.
    • Subverted back in the sixties. As a matter of fact, Beast Boy had a run-in with the original Titans before they were even the Fab Five — he encountered Robin, Aqua Lad, Kid Flash, and Wonder Girl before Speedy had been retconned to become a founding member. Of course, he was still living with Nicholas Galtry at the time, who wouldn't give him permission to join either the Titans or the Doom Patrol, so he didn't get to enlist.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Handsome, loaded with an ugly past.
  • Undying Loyalty: He turned down an invitation to the Justice League once, affirming himself a "card-carrying member" of the Titans.
  • Vague Age: Like most of the titans, it's hard to pinpoint an exact age, but Gar, who's been a teen for roughly fifty years (despite a few attempts to admit the cast were rightly in their twenties at this point) has a really bad case of it. NTT indicated him to be a younger member of the team, though he was treated as a peer of the original Silver Age Titans when he Guest Starred for them back in the sixties. And then there were the writers who wrote him like a kid even while they technically admitted him to be a Titans alumnus.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Cyborg; at least, they were until the New 52 sent Vic off to join the Justice League and put Gar on the Ravagers.
  • West Coast Team: He had a stint on Titans West in the seventies before Raven recruited him for NTT in the eighties — you can see him in the cover art on the trope page, ugly old hood and everything. He also notably tried to resurrect the team as Titans LA in the early Oughties, but (out of universe) the project was never greenlit and (in-universe) the effort collapsed.
  • Will They or Won't They?: With Raven, starting in the oughties. They settled on Official Couple just before the New 52 reboot. Before that, he had a civilian girlfriend named Jillian, who he had an on-and-off relationship with.
  • Willfully Weak:
    • It is heavily implied multiple times that he restrains himself from shifting into magical and mythological creatures out of fear of losing control of himself. Fittingly since he killed his Trigon spawned Evil Twin in cold blood when pushed to far by turning into an Eldritch Abomination and crushing him between his hands and Madame Rouge by accident when transformed into a chimera.
    • Even under normal circumstances Gar holds back a lot, considering the near infinite number of bone-crunchingly powerful or lethally toxic animals he can turn into with a mere thought.
  • You Fight Like a Cow: Gar's had this attitude for a long time, and the first people subjected to it were Cliff and Larry in the Doom Patrol.


     Cyborg / Cyberion 
AKA: Victor Stone
Abilities: Super-strength, invulnerability, technopathy, advanced weaponry, engineering skills

Cyborg, also known as Victor Stone, is a superhero who is half man and half machine. His body was destroyed in a tragic accident, but he was saved through experimental technology; his body parts have been replaced with a large arsenal of high-tech gadgets and weaponry, while constantly providing life support. Stone struggles with his humanity as a machine, although his advancements have made him incredibly powerful. He has primarily been a member of the Teen Titans, but he is also a member of the Justice League. See his page for more info.

AKA: Joseph Wilson
Abilities: Possession

Slade and Adeline's youngest son, Joseph Wilson is able to control people's bodies through eye contact. He was a longtime member of the Teen Titans, although he occasionally found himself fighting against them. See Deathstroke characters page for more info.

AKA: Kole Weathers

Abilities: Flight, can "spin" crystals

Professor Abel Weathers, paranoid of an impending nuclear holocaust, was attempting to find a way for humanity to survive the fallout through forced evolution. One of the test subjects in his experiments was his 16-year-old daughter, Kole, whom he grafted with crystal and Promethium (a fictionalized version of the real-world element promethium). Instead of evolving to survive a nuclear fallout as her father intended, Kole found herself with the ability to create and control pure silicon crystal at will.

  • Back from the Dead: Played with and then subverted in Team Titans, due to the different writers' conflicting ideas. Marv Wolfman reintroduced her as a mysterious helper to the team and implied that she had lingered on in the form of a spirit, while Phil Jimenez was told by the editors to explain her away as a false doppelganger. Her limp body is shown hanging behind Monarch, with the implication that she was one of his "puppets".
  • Flight: Kole has the ability to fly, but it is unclear whether this also comes from the experiments which gave her her powers, or granted to her during her tenure as Thia's slave.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Created to die in Crisis on Infinite Earths where she attempts to save the Earth-2 Robin and Earth-2 Huntress from the Anti-Monitor's shadow-demons. She failed, and all three were apparently killed, their bodies never found.
  • Ship Tease: With Jericho. She even asked Jericho if they could have sex.

AKA: Rosabelle Mendez
Abilities: Super-strength, agility, and senses; claws

Pantha is a cat-like super-hero and a member of the Teen Titans. Originally a normal woman named Rosabelle Mendez, the Wildebeest Society mutated her into a were-beast. With no knowledge of her origins, she used the name X-24 given to her as a test subject. Much of her career was spent looking for information about her past. When she left the Titans, she formed a family with Red Star as her partner and Baby Wildebeest as her adopted child. During Infinite Crisis, she was murdered by Superboy-Prime.

  • C-List Fodder: Had her head punched off by Superboy-Prime in Infinite Crisis.
  • Cat Girl: She was a catgirl created by genetic alteration. She doesn't know if she was a human woman or a female panther prior to the alteration. She was a human woman as explained when her past was finally revealed. Though it was an alternate timeline so that may not be the case in the real timeline.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Always with a quip or general snark on hand.
  • Depending on the Artist: Just how cat-like she looked when unmasked. Sometimes she'd appear with a snout-like nose and a slight point to her earlobes, and sometimes she'd have actual cat ears sprouting from her head or even whiskers. Other times, she'd have a relatively average human face, with the only "cat" feature being her slit-shaped pupils. Her eye color itself varied between being red or yellow.
  • Expy: She was the Titans' Wolverine.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: She wasn't just C-List Fodder, but she and her adopted son Baby Wildebeest were killed off to serve as development for her boyfriend Red Star. Development which consisted of a single issue of Teen Titans and two issues of Red Robin.

AKA: Danny Chase
Abilities: Telekinesis, photographic memory

Danny Chase was once the youngest and (in the opinion of many fans) most annoying of all the members of the New Teen Titans. When Jason Todd died he was expelled by Nightwing of the Titans. He later returned as the Phantasm.

  • Bratty Half-Pint: The main reason of his unpopularity; he was snide, egotistical, bratty and arrogant.
  • Foil: Was created to serve as one to Beast Boy.
  • Insufferable Genius: Danny Chase was exceptionally bright for a boy his age, and had no reservation when it came to showing off in front of the other Titans. Though the Titans respected Danny's intelligence, his arrogance and condescending behavior also caused them great frustration.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Eventually gave up his life to save the disembodied souls of Azarath. This caused him, Arella and the souls to merge into a new Phantasm.
  • Mind over Matter: Through an act of will, he can manipulate material of varying mass and volume from a remote distance.
  • Teen Superspy: His parents were international spies; as such, he was trained in espionage, infiltration, and intelligence acquisition in addition to his powers.

AKA: Raven, Rachel Roth (later alias)
Abilities: Empathy, healing, flight, telepathy, sorcery, amongst others

Raven is a superhero with dark magic powers. Her strong personal motivations and desire to see good conflict with her heritage, as her father is a powerful demon named Trigon who wants to enslave the planet. Her mother is a human woman named Arella who was living in the mystical realm of Azarath. At all times, Raven must keep her emotions in check lest she risk unleashing the terrible might within. Despite this, she has still managed to find a second family in her friends who love and accept her regardless of her troubled past. See her personal page for more info.

     Red Star 
AKA: Leonid Kovar

Abilities: Super-strength, speed, and stamina; pyrokinesis

Leonid Kovar was exposed to a space ship which gave him his powers, and would later join the Teen Titan and take the name "Red Star".

     Robin II / Red Hood 
AKA: Jason Todd
Abilities: Martial arts master, detective skills, acrobatics

Originally Jason Todd was the second Robin, after Dick Grayson grew too old. During "A Death in the Family" he was murdered by the Joker. Many years later, he was resurrected and become the anti-hero Red Hood. Before his death, he took part in Titans activity for a brief time. See the Robin character sheet for more info.

AKA: Koriand'r / Kory Anders
Abilities: Flight, super-strength, invulnerability, energy projection

Starfire is an alien super-hero with powers of flight and energy projection. Born a princess on the planet Tamaran, she escaped execution at the hands of her older sister Blackfire and traveled to Earth. Meeting the Teen Titans, she became a charter member and stayed with the team for most of her career. Her culture's different standards of intimacy cause her to be extremely open and sexually liberated by human standards. See her personal page for more info.

AKA: Tara Markov
Abilities: Manipulates earth and stone

Terra is a super-hero with the power of geo-kinesis. Born the illegitimate daughter to King Viktor of Markovia, her half-brother is Geo-Force. Unable to stay at home, she became a mercenary and began working with Deathstroke. He used her to infiltrate the Teen Titans, where she developed a relationship with Beast Boy, and ultimately died betraying them.

  • Adaptational Heroism: In the New 52 she is a heroine and standing member of the Ravagers.
    • Basically every adaption of the character, up to and including her theoretically-separate successors Terra II and Terra III (Atlee), take the same immoral false love / spy and backstabber chassis of this version of the character, and make her more earnestly heroic, while still filling the role.
  • Bastard Bastard: The illegitimate daughter of a king and is not a nice person.
  • Cute and Psycho: She seems like a sweet young girl; is actually a vicious and ruthless mercenary with distinct yandere traits — she's not only sleeping with the much older mercenary/assassin who hired her, she ends up killing herself (while trying to kill him) when Jericho possessed the assassin and freed the Teen Titans, making Terra believe that her lover betrayed her.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: She can control and manipulate all forms of rock and earthly substances and materials. There is no set limit to how far or how close she needs to be to the earth for this power and ability to work. She has been able to be completely off the ground and still control the earth. She has created tremors, earthquakes, sharpen rocks to a needle point, and has control over these elements for as long as she can physically maintain them.
  • Domino Mask: Though averted with her Post-Crisis counterpart, Atlee.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: For as irredeemably horrible a person as she was in the end, she was shown to care about her older brother Brion when he made a visit, being secretly worried that he'd join the Titans or still be around the Titans when the time came for her to betray the team and she didn't want him caught up in all that and possibly killed. She later admits she hated Brion's own goody-goody attitude just as she did the Titans', but the fact remains that unlike with her teammates she didn't want him dead.
  • Evil All Along: An infamous example. She's arguably the first character who was The Mole all along, and she didn't even reform. Her goal the entire time was to take down the Titans because she hated how goody-goody they were.
  • Expy: She debuted in Teen Titans shortly after Kitty Pryde debuted in X-Men, and Marv Wolfman has more or less admitted that he played with the idea of Terra being an Evil Kitty Pryde (teen-age mutant much-loved by her fellow team members, only to betray them).
  • I Am What I Am: Enforced by the narrative — "plainly, Terra Markov is what she is." (And, as that same narrative would have it, she's evil).
  • Informed Attribute: By Word of Wolfman and editorial fiat, the original Terra was evil. Consummately evil. All the fallout from the Judas Contract was explicitly her fault. She may have been an abused teen, a middle-aged hitman and father figure may have been having sex with her, she may have been crazy for any of those reasons or because she was an Earth elemental, or she may have been drugged, but it's all her fault. Her teenage suicide was really just a failed homicide. Really.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: When she was a Titan she was a complete Jerk, always insulting everybody and attacking them for petty reasons. And, as it was discovered later, she was pretending to be nice.
  • Kick the Dog: When she reveals herself as a Mole to the Titans, she keeps kicking them over and over. And over. And over.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: When it happened, the reveal that Terra was a traitor was a complete surprise. Nowadays, with a pair of decades of Teen Titans with the betrayal of Terra as a recurring past plot element, and an animated series where she did precisely the same thing, it shouldn't be a surprise for anyone.
  • Leotard of Power: Alongside her Post-Crisis counterpart, Atlee. In the New 52 she wears a black jumpsuit with yellow lines all over it.
  • Little Miss Snarker: Was frequently the team member with the most cynical attitude and cattiest remarks to say. Even when doing villainous work she seldom let up on the snark.
  • Lovable Rogue: She's lied, cheated, stolen, vandalized, damaged public property, taken advantage of others, and even used lethal force against her enemies but you can't help but like the girl - provided she doesn't want you dead.
  • The Mole: She joined the Teen Titans, fooling them by staging a battle against Deathstroke. She then operated as a spy for Deathstroke, eventually giving him the information he needed to kidnap the Titans.
  • Not Quite Dead: Her famed death by her own powers was retconned out in the Rebirth comics thanks to Deathstroke's time altering actions from "The Lazarus Contract" creating a timeline where Slade gave her a Cooldown Kiss to snap her out of her breakdown and save her from dying, her death being faked afterwards.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Most of her good qualities and actions get subverted in the end with two exceptions - her caring about her brother (see Even Evil Has Loved Ones) and how she got along with Wally West. Wally was a part of the team when Terra "joined" them secretly under the contract to betray them all to Deathstroke and the H.I.V.E, but he retired from it before Terra was ready to make her betrayal, and she never suggested to Slade that they find out where he is now and capture him in order to kill all the Titans that were present when Grant died and Slade took up the contract, so her fondness for him might have been at least somewhat sincere.
    • The Rebirth version of her is just as much of a manipulator and a [[Jerkass]]... but somewhat tries to help Rose Wilson come to terms with her own issues, in a roundabout, asshole way, admittedly. Also when Rose goes missing, Terra seemed to be the Defiance member who showed the most open concern and suggesting that they find out where she was.
  • Progressively Prettier: Was originally meant to be a "cute" but unconventional-looking type of girl with large front teeth, short cropped hair, and being shorter than the others. Later artists' flashbacks and her zombie form in Blackest Night instead show her to have long hair, no buck teeth, and a shapely body.
  • The Rival: To Rose Wilson on Defiance. The two seem to loathe each other, and make no secret about it. Whenever they're together, they're fighting, and it goes into physical conflict if there's nothing more important for them to do.
    • This almost reaches Vitriolic Best Buds in later issues where Rose shows that she actually does trust Terra when they're tackling missions together, is comfortable sitting next to her on a bus and talking (even if the two of them still have nothing nice to say to each other), and even refers to Terra as her "friend" when she demands an enemy let her go (though she was in her Willow guise at that point and said this in Mandarin, making Terra not likely to understand what she'd just said.)
  • Self-Disposing Villain: Within the pre-Rebirth timeline, in her rage to kill both the Titans and Slade (due to a misunderstanding when Jericho took over Slade's body and attacked her), she ends up burying herself under mounds of rubble.
  • Ship Tease: With Beast Boy until she was revealed as The Mole.
  • The Sociopath: She believed wholeheartedly that people with their powers should use them to make people fear them. Which is why she happily turned against the Titans as she only saw them as "goody-goodies".
  • Stalker with a Crush: The Rebirth version is this to Slade. She lies in his bed naked, and constantly tells him she wants to sleep with him. She also had a mental breakdown when she found out he never loved her, only calmed when he kissed her. When he himself admits he never loved her to her face years later, Terra's quite different.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Was never a nice person to start with and was never ever truly on the side of good. Her last appearance right before her death took this trope to ridiculous extremes.
  • Walking Spoiler: Most of her character is from the reveal that she was a mole.


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