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Recap / Teen Titans S 1 E 4 Forces Of Nature

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We are Thunder and Lightning! We may do whatever we please!
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Beast Boy tries to pull a prank on Cyborg, but hits Starfire instead, garnering her wrath. The Titans then go off to battle Thunder and Lightning, a pair of brothers who are wreaking havoc on the city for their own amusement. Starfire is hurt in the battle, and Beast Boy apologizes to her. Thunder and Lightning are then recruited by a mysterious old man, who uses their powers to create a giant creature made of fire, which the Titans take down.

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  • An Aesop: Beast Boy brings one up during a later conversation with Thunder.
    Beast Boy: Gifts don't make you better, just different. It's how you use them that counts.
  • Armor-Piercing Question:
    • When Thunder tells Beast Boy the he and his brother are just having fun, Beast Boy points to the innocent civilians caught in the collateral damage and asks Thunder if he thinks they feel the same way. This creates doubt in Thunder about just how harmless his "fun" is.
    • Later on when Lightning is about to deliver a final blow to his brother, Thunder asks him if they're still having fun.
  • Art Shift: When Beast Boy and Thunder have their final fight to make Thunder change his ways, their art style suddenly shifts to that of an Asian painting for no other reason other than to look cool.
  • Bash Brothers: Thunder and Lightning.
  • Big "NO!": Beast Boy yells this out when he realizes that Starfire walked to his prank.
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  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: It's apparently perfectly okay for Starfire to laugh at a mean-spirited prank that Cyborg pulled on Beast Boy, but when she becomes the unintended victim of Beast Boy's prank that was meant for Cyborg, she's entitled to be angry with him.
  • Escalating War: Beast Boy's attempt to sludge-bomb Cyborg is return fire for Cyborg pranking him earlier, successfully dyeing Beast Boy's whole body brown, over which there was much ridicule. Subverted due to Starfire getting in the way.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Besides the Marshmallow Heaven example below, Starfire calls Beast Boy a "klorbag varblernilk". Beast Boy responds with "I'm a what-bag?"note 
  • Honor Before Reason: Thunder refuses to attack Beast Boy when he's down, saying that it would be unsportsmanlike to attack a fallen opponent.
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  • Hypocrite: Beast Boy calls Thunder out for causing all this mayhem while the latter believes he's doing it for fun. Right, tell that to the former when it comes to his earlier prank against Starfire. Eventually, he grows out of it to see how Thunder and Lightning are so similar with him.
  • Jerkass Realization: It took him believing Starfire dying in the rubble to cause this on Beast Boy about his prank earlier.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Invoked by Beast Boy to Starfire in his attempt to have her forget about her anger towards him. While it didn't work the first time, the second attempt worked when she heard him apologizing for his prank earlier from behind and welcomes him with open arms.
    Starfire: And I am glad you are safe.
  • Marshmallow Heaven: Beast Boy gets one of these when Starfire forgives him. (This is downplayed, of course.)
  • Monster of the Aesop: Beast Boy thinks his pranks are harmless until he realizes that the villains are using the same justification for their own actions.
  • Must Make Amends: Thunder and Lightning make amends by stopping the giant fire monster they made with a storm.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • Thunder suffers one of these when he realizes that Slade manipulated him and his brother into summoning a fire monster to destroy the city. Even Lightning (who hasn't yet gotten the hint) seems disturbed by this.
    • Lightning when he almost strikes down Thunder.
    • Beast Boy has a variation of this when, whilst believing Starfire has been buried under rubble, realizes his prank could've seriously hurt her.
  • Mythology Gag: The mysterious old man who recruits Thunder and Lightning, who is secretly Slade in disguise, is modeled after Slade's appearance in the comics.
  • Not So Different: Beast Boy found this out with Thunder and Lightning as he finds their actions are similar to his.
    Starfire: Now those evil brothers must be made to apologize.
    Beast Boy: I don't think they are evil. I think they're just like me.
  • Thunder Drum: Thunder pounds on the thunderclouds while his brother Lightning casts electricity about; in tandem they can make rainstorms as well.
  • Worthy Opponent: Thunder takes an interest in Beast Boy's "power of the animals".
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