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Teen Titans Go! is a comics series that ran for 55 issues from 2003 to 2008. It is based on the animated series Teen Titans, which itself is based on an older comics series of the same name. Like the cartoon, it is animesque and intended primarily for pre-teen boys, but did not shy away from somewhat darker material as the series progressed. It featured one-shot gags in the page margins presented by chibi versions of the cast, as well as continuations or expansions of plotlines from the series. Most issues, however, presented stand-alone plots.

As expected, the series features the Teen Titans: Robin, Starfire, Beast Boy, Cyborg, and Raven, five young costumed superheroes, and their adventures in Jump City. Some issues shift the focus onto secondary characters such as Larry and Terra, or even villains like the H.I.V.E. graduates, in addition to some characters from the original comics who did not appear in the cartoon, such as Rose Wilson, Geo-Force, and Wonder Girl.


If you're looking for the 2013 semi-revival cartoon, go here. It is also not to be confused with the digital comic with the same title based on the revived series, officially termed by DC as TTG volume 2.


  • Adaptational Backstory Change: In the original comics, Killowat was a time traveler trying to Set Right What Once Went Wrong. Here, he's from an alternate universe and is trying to get back home.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Although a minor character that wound up not amounting to anything beyond a cameo, Aquagirl, as opposed to the earlier "Gill Girl" in the run, was greatly revamped when she made her debut. Her hair went from being brown to a deep green, and her blue eyes became gold along with suddenly becoming blue-skinned, having webbed hands and feet, and some gill markings on her face.
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  • Adaptation Expansion: Backstories, expanded filler, and even post-Season 5 ideas are given deeper detail all throughout the comic's run.
  • Adult Fear: It's revealed that Terra when she was a little girl ran away from home, because adults there wanted to use her and her brother to gain power. Geo-Force, aka Brion Markov, couldn't search for her at first because he had to get rid of the corrupt adults but he's been worried sick.
  • All There in the Manual:
    • The name of the city was never stated in the series proper. The tie-in comic named the city as "Jump City" and the fandom took this and ran with it.
    • The comic also confirms that Robin is Dick Grayson.
  • Alternate Universe: Issue 48, "Wrong Place, Wrong Time", goes through a few of these in an attempt to get Killowat back to his own world, starting with the world of the Teen Tyrants.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Issue 28 has the Doom Patrol sharing a lot of stories from Beast Boy's childhood with the Titans.
  • And This Is for...: In "Nearly Nabbed Me", the first story from Issue 40, Starfire, Beast Boy, Cyborg, and Robin repay members of the HIVE Five for respectively dropping a bus on her head, getting him zapped by mall security on accident, getting his car towed, and getting pizza sauce on his cape.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Not directed at the person in particular: Geo-Force is furious at the Titans initially, assuming they corrupted Terra because he's been searching for her for years and then he calls them out for not thinking to investigate where she came from or to find out if she had family. He only calms down on seeing she's safe and happy.
  • Animesque: To match the show.
  • Art Shift: From issue to issue due to a rotating number of artists.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Remember that goth kid from "Sisters"? He and Raven are dating.
    • Issue 48 gives Kilowatt A Day in the Limelight.
    • Private HIVE, Psimon and Phobia each have issues where they get to be the Big Bad.
  • Backstory:
    • Issue 45 covers Beast Boy and Cyborg (two-parter).
    • 46 covers Starfire while also introducing her long-lost brother, Wildfire.
    • Half of Issue 47 covers Robin.
    • Issue 51, "Metamorphosis", covers Terra and her brother Geo-Force.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Gill Girl.
  • Baseball Episode: 33, "The Strangest Sports Story Ever Told". Which, amusingly, features a Shout-Out to the Young Justice comic with the same plot:
    Raven: Please. You got this idea from... some old comic book.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Beast Boy tells Dr. Light this when Dr. Light gets electrocuted trying to get Cyborg's battery's power.
  • Berserk Button: Red Raven, in her self-titled issue 44 (a continuation of 42), attacks and destroys anything having to do with fathers (Founding Fathers display at the museum, Fathers Day gifts at stores, etc.).
  • The Big Race: Kid Flash versus Más y Menos in Issue #34.
  • Bookends: See that cover in the page image? Here's the cover of the final issue.
  • Brick Joke: In one of the earlier issues, the Titans comment that Robin once gave a communicator to their mailman. Fast-forward to the issue introducing the Fearsome Five: Robin gives Jinx her communicator while the team comments in the background that he had to ask for it back from the same mailman.
  • The Cameo:
  • Canon Foreigner:
    • It features some newly-created villains exclusive to this continuity (and who never got to be in the show), such as the Kwiz Kid (a teenage Expy of the Riddler), Kid Kold and Ice Kate (younger counterparts to the Flash Rogues Captain Cold and Golden Glider), and the trio of Rock, Paper, and Scissors.
    • There's also Aqualad's friend Gill Girl, who appears to be a cross between Aquagirl and Lagoon Boy.
    • Mr. Wolf, a short nerdy man cursed with werewolfism.
    • The Agent, a demonic entity who uses Rotten Rock & Roll to create a Zombie Apocalypse in Issue 19.
    • The Lanista, overseer of the Gladiator Games of Issue 32.
  • Celebrity Paradox: Starfire is a fan of Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi. Since the Teen Titans don't have a cartoon for which the band recorded the theme, how exactly did they become popular enough in the West to get a cartoon?
  • Christmas Episode:
  • City of Adventure: The city from the series is finally named here: Jump City.
  • Composite Character: In issue 52 Changeling, Power Boy, Lagoon Boy, Jesse Quick, and Protector are all aliases of Robby Reed.
  • Corporate-Sponsored Superhero: Issue 16 shows that Aqualad does ads for Sea King Snorkeling.
  • Creator Cameo: Writer J. Torres and artist Todd Nauck appear in the last page of issue 18.
  • Crossover: With Dial H for Hero in issue 52. The Dial's stealing other Titans' powers for Robby to use, instead of granting him whole-new ones, though. Robby gives the dial up once he finds out.
  • Crying Wolf: The effective plot of Issue #2, "The Beast Boy Who Cried Wolf".
  • A Day in the Limelight: Issue #30 has a story focused on Speedy and Aqualad.
  • Disappointed by the Motive: In Issue #41, Raven is disappointed that Kitten's evil alter egos were just a way to get her father's attention.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Issue 41, "Bad Girls", introduces Pink X, Mad Maud, Joystick, Marionette, and Daughter Blood. They're all the same girl, though: Killer Moth's daughter Kitten.
  • Downer Ending: Issue 27 is one for Cyborg - his girlfriend Sarah breaks up with him, Starfire is angry at him, and Jinx is a Yandere for him.
  • Eccentric Fashion Designer: Mad Mod disguises himself as a kooky foreign fashion designer named D.D. Ammo in an attempt to control the minds of Jump City's inhabitants. Robin makes a comment on the clothes, saying they're outdated or something.
  • Engineered Public Confession: The Titans do this to Professor Chang, when he tries to kidnap Lightning and sell him to a Sultan as a fake genie.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Issue 41 and Issue 44 show that Kitten doesn't just use her father, Killer Moth, to get what she wants all the time; she does sincerely love him too.
  • Excited Show Title!
  • Expy:
    • Ice Kate and Kid Cool are teenage versions of Golden Glider and Captain Cold.
    • The Kwiz Kid is basically a younger Riddler
    • Gill Girl is a mashup of Aquagirl and Lagoon Boy (an actual version of Aquagirl would later be briefly seen towards the end of the series as an image on a screen, as well as in a chibi gag).
    • Kitten becomes one of Duela Dent when she masquarades as the daughters of numerous villains.
  • Fish Person: Gill Girl, who debuts in issue 10 and has a couple of Cameos in later issues. She resembles the Creature from the Black Lagoon as a cute teenage girl.
    • The version of Aquagirl seen in issue 50 and the chibis seems to be a less extreme example, falling somewhere between looking like a fish person (with gills, webbed feet and blue skin) and being more humanoid (with her face and hair).
  • Foreshadowing: Blackfire's choice of words in the beginning of issue 7 ("You are absolutely priceless, Starfire! This should be rather...rewarding!) are early hints on what she actually plans to do with her sister.
  • "Gift of the Magi" Plot: For Christmas, Beast Boy bought Cyborg stainless steel custom monogrammed hubcaps for the T-car and says they're for the new tires Cyborg just bought. Unfortunately, Cyborg returned those tires and used the money to buy Raven an antique made of genuine petrified wood from the black forest because her books are taking over her room. Ironically, she sold some of her books to buy Starfire a food processor in hopes it'll help her cook better. Cyborg even brings up The Gift of the Magi to describe the situation.
  • Give Her a Normal Life: When Geo-Force finds out whats happened to Terra, he doesn't bother revealing himself to her, noticing it's the first time he's seen her happy. Terra, spotting and recognizing him, watches as he leaves.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: Issue 23 has Control Freak try to hit Cyborg over the head with a dummy arm. Cyborg is not impressed and detaches his own arm to play the game too.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In Issue 19, Johnny Rancid is trying to make an honest living through music, and isn't happy to learn that his songs are creating zombies thanks to making a Deal with the Devil.
  • Humongous Mecha: Issue 9 introduces the Titans Go-Bot 5, which the team uses to fight Gizmo's giant robot. It's later used to fight a Professor Chang-controlled Beast Boy, a.k.a Garsaurus Rex.
  • I'm a Doctor, Not a Placeholder: Dr. Light wants Cyborg's battery but doesn't know which part of the latter is it. He says he's a supervillain, not a mechanic.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Starfire does not react to ending up naked near the end of the eighth issue and is even oblivious of Cyborg and Robin staring at her with amused grins. This is quite in-line with her original comic version.
  • Interspecies Romance: Besides Robin with Starfire, there's also Gill Girl with a turtle named Nero.
  • "Knock Knock" Joke: Beast Boy occasionally comes up with them.
  • Last Episode, New Character:
    • Cassie, a.k.a. Wonder Girl 2, who shows up in the next to last issue of the series. She does get a cameo in the final issue however.
    • Flamebird and Mirage also show up as new Titans in cameos in the final issue, although an alternate future version of Mirage appeared in an earlier story (issue 48) and Flamebird had a brief cameo in issue 50, on a screen showing potential new Titans (along with GO! versions of Azrael,note  Aquagirl, and Golden Eagle, who otherwise never got roles in the series). Two Titans named "Soldier Boy" and "Soldier Girl", who both wear costumes similar to Private HIVE, also cameo in the final story.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In "Magic and Misdirection", Mumbo opens a trap door that makes Beast Boy fall out of the panel. Starfire and Terra follow, and we're treated to a few pages of them wandering around the borders of the page while Super-Deformed.
  • Least Rhymable Word: In Issue #42, Raven asks the readers "Why do poets hate the colors orange, purple, and silver?". The answer is "Well, you try coming up with rhymes for those words!".
  • Legacy Character: An interesting variation: issue 54, "Makes You Wonder", features Cassie Sandsmark attemping to usurp Donna Troy's position as Wonder Girl.
  • Lensman Arms Race: Issue #9 has one of these happen between Cyborg and Gizmo, with Fixit presiding.
  • Lightbulb Joke: Mumbo Jumbo asks "How many magicians does it take to change a lightbulb?" and answers "Depends what you want it changed to!"
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: 38, "It's a Mod, Mod, Mod, Mod World."
  • Magic Skirt: Weirdly disregarded for Issue #20; turns out Blackfire wears shorts under her skirt.
  • Mars Needs Women: Or rather Braboldian scientists want super powered females for their experiments; Issue #36, "Troy."
  • McNinja: At least one movie of the Super Ninja Fury movie series Cyborg and Beast Boy watch features Canadian ninjas.
  • Me's a Crowd: "Pieces of Me:" Raven's "emoticlones" are let loose by accident, and several of them run amuck throughout the city.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Issue #18 has Larry put the Titans "all back the way you should be:"
      • Starfire acquires her mainstream version's hair and exclaims "X'Hal!"
      • Beast Boy gets his old Doom Patrol costume.
      • Robin gets an older version of his costume. With no real pants.
      • Raven gets a lampshade hung on her more goth like appearance.
    • The Teen Titans cartoon Adapted Out Chief from its version of the Doom Patrol. In Issue #28, Mento mentioned Beast Boy had a puppy named "Chief".
    • When "Beast Boy" is forced to participate in Gladiator Games in Issue #32, The Lanista refers to him as "Changeling", which was another of Beast Boy's Code Names in the comics.
    • The 36th issue has Robin work together with Speedy, Aqualad, Kid Flash, and Wonder Girl. In the comics, they were the members of the first Teen Titans. Beast Boy also has an understated but important role in the issue, possibly reflecting his early appearance and almost-membership of the Titans in the 1960s comic series.
    • In Issue #39, a Valentine's Day issue, Speedy and Cheshire get hit by an arrow, and fall in love. In the comics, they briefly fell in love, and had a child together.
    • In Issue #43, Psimon attempts to form a team called "The Fearsome Five" to take down the Titans, whose members are himself, Dr. Light, Gizmo, Mammoth, and Jinx. With the exception of Jinx, this is the same roster as the original Fearsome Five from the Wolfman/Pérez New Teen Titans run. (That continuity's version of Jinx would eventually join the team, but she was not a founding member.)
    • The Teen Tyrants of Issue #48, three of whom are Red Robin, Arsenal, and Tempest — the same names used by certain older versions of Robin, Speedy, and Aqualad. As their team name indicates, they're decidedly twisted versions.
      • The same issue has a heroic version of Madame Rouge named Gemini, a reference to Rouge's daughter. There's also a heroic female version of Dr. Light, modeled after Kimiyo Hoshi.
      • It also features Raven opening doors to various alternate realities, including the original flavor Teen Titans from the Silver Age, and in a blink and you'll miss it peek, Secret and Lobo of Young Justice.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Everyone in Jump City (except Robin, Raven, and Cyborg) is naked by the end of issue eight. It Makes Sense in Context.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: According to the Wildfire issue, Blackfire has sold off Starfire to the Gordanians, to keep them from invading Tamaran. Watching the episode "Go!" from the main cartoon shows how well this turned out.
  • Not So Stoic: Stylistic choice here, but a lot of the more humorous issues feature Raven being happy and laughing alongside the other Titans, without any outside influence.
  • Off on a Technicality: In Issue #41, Killer Moth is free and says he paid his debt to society. Raven says he "got off on some pointless technicality".
  • Origins Episode:
    • Issue #45 features Beast Boy's and Cyborg's origins.
    • Issue #47 features Robin's origin.
  • Out-of-Character Alert: In Issue #42, after the Teen Titans think they got all parts of Raven's personality back, Robin finds it odd "she didn't so much as frown at Beast Boy" for causing that mess in the first place. The Trigon-eyed Raven is still at large and shows a "the end?" sign.
  • Poor Communication Kills: More like Poor Communication is Painful: The plot of Issue #6 "Storm" stems from Lightning fighting Thunder because the former misheard the latter as insulting him.
  • Pop-Culture Pun Episode Title: Issue 27 - "Love is a Battlefield".
  • Powers as Programs: How the Master of Games' amulet treats all powers; in Issue #24, a plot by Katarou leads to the gem being broken and the five Titans' powers swapped between each other.
  • Race Lift: Although a minor example (as the series was cancelled before he or others could be developed), the cameo of Golden Eagle falls under this. In the original comics, he's a blond Californian teenager. In Go!, he's revamped to be an Egyptian boy, probably to tie him better into the original Hawkman mythology.
  • The Reveal:
    • Issue #16 has a pretty big surprise for the Titans, especially Beast Boy. The child Starfire has been spending the day with at the mall, trying to help him find his parents? He's their ally Wildebeest!
    • The first half of Issue #47, "Regarding Robin," reveals without a doubt, that Robin is in fact Dick Grayson.
    • According to "Metamorphosis," the schoolgirl is Terra. Geo-Force can tell.
    • Ravager, a.k.a. Rose Wilson (Slade's daughter) appears and attacks the Titans, then joins them. It makes you wonder what Season 6 might have been like...
  • Rise of Zitgirl: Raven in Issue #5, "Monster Zit."
  • Sadistic Choice: For Geo-Force, when corrupt adults tried to use him and his sister to stage a coup, Terra ran away when the adults ended up causing her Power Incontinence. Geo-Force was forced to clean up his country before he could start looking for her, and even then his search took years.
  • Secret Legacy: Terra, as it turns out she's a princess of a kingdom.
  • Ship Tease: Between Beast Boy and Raven.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • Starfire pretty vocally ships Cyborg / Sarah Simms, playing Cupid for them, and arranging their date in the Valentine's issue of Teen Titans Go! (#27).
    • Robin takes Starfire on a date in Issue #4, with Beast Boy and Cyborg following along to annoy him with advice.
    • Issue #39 has Larry playing this for a lot of the Titans, and even steals Eros's arrows to make them real.
  • Shout-Out:
    Mallah: Okay, you ween! Zat plan deedn't work, but you must admit zat it was an amusing distraction... So, what are we going to do tomorrow night, Brain?
    Brain: The same thing we do every night, Mallah... Try to take down the Teen Titans!
    • During a race in Issue #34, Kid Flash makes "Beep Beep".
    • Issue #38 has a story titled "It's a Mod, Mod, Mod, Mod World".
    • After Beast Boy tells his origin to some kids, one of them suggests he must've been bitten by some radioactive dork. Early on that story, Beast Boy said he was bitten by a radioactive unicorn from another dimension.
    • In Issue #48, during a battle between the Teen Titans and the Teen Tyrants, Beast Boy turns into a rabbit and Speedy's Teen Tyrant counterpart says "Be very, very quiet! I'm hunting rabbit!".
    • In Issue #55, Beast Boy refers to his childhood home as "Stately Dayton Manor".
  • Snap Back: There are stories that clearly take place after, the fifth and final season of the show, and yet nearly every villain in the show's run was frozen in the end.
  • Spanner in the Works:
    • Larry and his hare-brained Shipping scheme does this a lot to the Titan's attempts to stop Andre Leblanc in Issue #39.
    • In Issue #51, Phobia would've gotten away of trapping the Titans inside their worst nightmares, if not for Silkie hitting the Tower's wake-up alarm.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: An interesting example is given in the issue explaining the origins of Cyborg and Beast Boy. Cyborg's origin establishes that his mother is still alive and helped his father fit their son with his robotic parts even though she was killed in the same accident that injured her son in the original comics and is implied to be deceased in the animated series this comic book is based on.
  • Super-Deformed: Other than the margin gags, there's also Issue #18: "When Chibis Attack." Raven even explicitly refers to their tiny counterparts as "chibi."
  • Take That, Audience!: In "Stupid Cupid," Raven remarks on how all the "shipping" is stupid, after Larry attempts to pair up all the Titans with each other. Depending on the fan, they might have either liked it, hated it, or felt indifferent.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: In Issue #31, a villain changes Robin's past to become his mentor and the other titans are helped by Good!Robin's future self a.k.a. Nightwing. During the epilogue, Beast Boy wonders how that Nightwing could exist at the same time as Bad!Robin and Raven handwaves it by saying they don't fully understand how Time Travel works.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Raven is a bit snarkier than she is in the animated series, most notably ranting on how pointless she considers such times of year as Valentine's Day and Halloween, even belittling her friends for expressing their enjoyment of the holidays.
  • Truer to the Text: Issue 8 has Mad Mod using hypnotic clothes, referencing his comic origins as a fashion designer.
  • Two Words: Added Emphasis: This line from Beast Boy when he and Cyborg are discussing two Super Ninja Fury movies and arguing over which one is better.
    Beast Boy: Two words, Cyborg: Canadian ninjas.
  • Under the Mistletoe: Invoked by Starfire in Issue 25; her Secret Santa gift to Robin is simply holding up a sprig of mistletoe between the two of them.
  • Unreliable Narrator:
    • In Issue #40, some H.I.V.E. 5 villains recall past run-ins with the Teen Titans. The flashbacks show that, in most cases, escaping the heroes took more luck and less skill than their narrations suggest.
    • When Beast Boy narrates his origin, he messes up several details and keeps forgetting where his parents were and which creature they were dealing with.
  • Up to Eleven: Lampshaded in Issue #38. Robin has figured out it'll take a really loud noise to foil Mad Mod's plan. Mod complains that his amps "only go to ten" but the Titans "are rockin' to elevan at least".
  • Vanity License Plate: Cyborg once had a car with CBG - 010 as a license plate. Surprisingly, it was before he became Cyborg.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Geo-Force calls out the Titans for not investigating Terra, his little sister, when she joined the team, and for not thinking she'd have a family or a home. He also doesn't admit it, but he's mad at Terra for running away and making him worry. As he puts it, he spent years searching for her, and when he heard she and Slade nearly destroyed Jump City he came as soon as he could.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: Killer Moth's daughter did what she did in Issue #41 to get his attention because he's distracted with some world domination plot.
  • Whole Plot Reference: "Nearly Nabbed Me" from Issue 40 is one for Almost Got 'Im, complete with Undercover Cop Reveal.
  • Woman Scorned: Jinx isn't happy to see her boyfriend Kid Flash flirting with other girls and she makes sure he knows it.
  • You Are Too Late: A more mundane sort; by the time Geo-Force arrives to find Terra and "rescue her" from people who have corrupted her, all the events of Season Five has happened, meaning Terra has became a statue, revived and lost her memory, and desires a normal life. Geo-Force decides to respect her wishes to stay normal.


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