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Recap / Teen Titans S 1 E 10 Mad Mod

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Beast Boy: Am I the only one who has no idea where we are?
Mad Mod: Why you're right where you belong, my duckies! You're in school!

The Titans find themselves trapped in a school run by Mad Mod, and must escape it before he brainwashes them.


  • Adaptational Badass: Zig-zagged. In the comics, Mad Mod was a largely-unimpressive smuggler and thief who would probably be more at home matching wits with Mystery Inc. This animated version is pretty much Arcade in all but name, capturing all five Titans offscreen and building a whole complex of technological (and psychological!) terrors to torture them with. But when all the gimmicks are stripped away, he's revealed to be a withered old man who folds the second Robin confronts him.
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  • Alliterative Name: Mad Mod (and his VA, Malcolm McDowell).
  • Artistic License – Chemistry: In the midst of their Genius Bonus
    • When Robin and Starfire fall from the Zr tile, the column to their right goes Y, La, Ac, Ce, Th. (Yttrium, Lanthanum, Actinium, Cerium, Thorium) The current positions of La and Ac do not mean the elements, but are merely placeholders on the periodic table for the Lanthanide and Actinide series. The proper places for the elements (each box to the left for both Cerium and Thorium) are instead both blank.
  • Badass in Distress: All of the Titans are strapped to chairs that negate their powers. Beast Boy in particular tries to change into smaller animals, to no avail, while Starfire exclaims that her starbolts are useless. With that said, Robin, Cyborg and Raven manage to escape their bonds, while Starfire and Beast Boy need the others to help them.
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  • Breather Episode: Precedes Wham Episode Apprentice, pt. I. This became a tradition in the series, for each season to have one Breather Episode immediately before the finale.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In the library where Starfire is trapped, Mad Mod tries to squish her with a giant library stamp because she refuses to look at the screen and says they are full of "meanness".
  • Disco Dan: "Mod" hasn't been in style since the '60s. Interestingly, the character wasn't originally this, as he was created in the '60s (and was a young man in that interpretation).
  • Eureka Moment: Robin realizes that Mad Mod is fake after running through him and finding out he's a hologram. This allows him time to get behind the screens and to tear down the wire.
  • Evil Brit: Mad Mod. He's even the page image for the trope, albeit in a different episode.
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  • Idiot Ball: Beast Boy with the hypno screens, if you know a hypno screen is coming, turn into an animal that doesn't need eyes... like an earthworm!
  • Jump Scare: During the Scooby-Dooby Doors sequence, Robin gets all the Titans together to open the doors at the same time. This narrows it down to one door, which Robin approaches with a huge grin. When he opens it, however, a giant T-rex roars at all the Titans.
  • The Ludovico Technique: Mad Mod's method of brainwashing, which is pretty fitting considering his voice actor.
  • Mad Scientist: Mad Mod is implied to be one, as he did create all his robots and illusion-machines.
  • Master of Illusion: (Mad Mod)
  • Mind Control
  • Mind Screw: Robin lampshades that the school makes him crazy from the inside out.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Although they are shown to have escaped by themselves upon meeting with Starfire and Robin, Cyborg and Raven's escape is not shown at all.
  • Older Than They Look: Subverted; Mad Mod is actually an old man, but uses his illusions to portray himself as a hip young man (who still sports the British mod style that was popular in the 1960s).
  • Running Gag: Beast Boy succumbing to Mind Control.
  • Sadist Teacher: Mad Mod fills this role.
  • Scooby-Dooby Doors: During the song sequence. Bonus point for frequently messing with the perspective, and with the doors opening in various ways.
  • Screaming Woman: Starfire, and amusingly, Raven, become this trope when Robin accidentally opens a door with a T-Rex inside of it during the infamous chase sequence.

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Teen Titans - Mad Mod

The Teen Titans chase down Mad Mod through a series of doors that parodies both Scooby-Doo and Yellow Submarine.

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