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Recap / Teen Titans S 1 E 5 Sum Of His Parts

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"If you take out my biological components, you take out the best part of me - the part that makes me who I am."
Cyborg

Cyborg's battery shuts down during a game of football. While he makes a new one, he tries to get by with a battery pack, but the shorter battery life of the pack shuts him down in the middle of a fight and get sucked into a trash heap, where he's picked up by Fixit, a robot who tries to make Cyborg fully robotic, removing his "faulty" parts—his human parts. Meanwhile, the Titans follow the villain they were fighting, The Amazing Mumbo, to try to find where Cyborg is. Finding that Mumbo had nothing to do with Cyborg's disappearance, they return to the dump, where Cyborg discovers that Fixit is also a cyborg, and convinces him not to make the "upgrades".

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  • Ask a Stupid Question...: "Do I still have to go to jail?" Provided by Mumbo after the Titans realize he didn't kidnap Cyborg. They just stare at him.
  • Big "NO!": Cyborg lets out a series of them as Fixit covers his human face with a metal mask, planning to upgrade him into a full robot.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Cyborg's memories of the lovely day in the park ends up making Fixit realize that he has lost his humanity and the ability to feel.
  • Color Failure: Justified; when Cyborg's battery gives out, the blue of his cybernetics turns grey, as does his red eye.
  • Continuity Cameo: Cyborg's conversation with the little boy with a prosthetic is adapted from the exact scene in the comics.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Implied to have happened with Fixit, later inverted when seeing and feeling Cyborg's memories reminds him what it was like to be human.
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  • A Day in the Limelight: For Cyborg.
  • Defeat by Modesty: Fixit's defeat plays off as this.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Fixit realizes that he has forgotten the good parts of being human, and decides that he is the one in need of repairs. He accepts Cyborg's offer of help for that, to be human properly again.
  • Easily Forgiven: Cyborg offers Fixit assistance in regaining his humanity, after nearly facing a forced upgrading.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Mumbo
  • Mood Whiplash: While this is a staple for the series, it really stands out here, where one is given the chilling plotline of Cyborg losing his humanity alongside the comical plotline of the Titans chasing Mumbo.
  • No Ontological Inertia: When Mumbo's wand is broken, all his magics cease to exist. Which is why the Titans realize he hasn't got Cyborg.
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  • Not Me This Time: From Robin's point-of-view, it looks to him like Mumbo kidnapped Cyborg. The Titans spend the entire episode chasing the wrong villain! When they finally catch him and demand to know what he did with Cyborg, he has no idea what they're talking about.
  • Not So Different:
    • The kid that Cyborg meets in the beginning squees about how Cyborg is his favorite Titan because they both have prosthetics. Cyborg doesn't think much of it until the end, where he tells the kid they are Not So Different because of what's inside them.
    • Fixit was once human like Cyborg, but he upgraded himself. Once he sees Cyborg's memories, however, he decides to regain his humanity with Cyborg's help.
  • Pet the Dog: Cyborg plays football with the kid that idolizes him at the end of the episode.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!:
    Robin: (to Mumbo) Where. Is. Cyborg?
  • Visual Pun: Some of Mumbo's spells come off as this.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Fixit wants to repair Cyborg, and does it free of charge, but he wants to get rid of the "biological components" so that Cyborg will never be weak again.
  • Wham Shot: Cyborg pulls away Fixit's cloak while struggling to escape. He sees that Fixit's skeleton is completely robotic.
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