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Recap / Teen Titans S 3 E 11 Bunny Raven

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"A magician never reveals her secrets."
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When trying to stop The Amazing Mumbo, the Titans are sucked into his hat, stripped of their powers, and transformed into animals (except for Beast Boy, who is turned into a lamp) who have goofy versions of their abilities. The Titans then have to think of another trick to defeat Mumbo before they disappear forever in the final act of Mumbo's Grand Show.

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  • Animorphism: The plot of the episode is the Titans are turned into circus animals: Raven turns into a bunny, Robin turns into a monkey, Starfire turns into a tiger, and Cyborg turns into a bear.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Raven has paw pads and a hairless nose as a rabbit, which they lack in real life. Though, this can be excused in that she isn't actually a rabbit.
  • Ascended Extra: Mumbo went from being a one-shot villain to this episode's main bad guy.
  • Baleful Polymorph: The entire premise of the episode is the Titans being turned into animals, except for Beast Boy who is turned into inanimate objects.
  • BANG Flag Gun: When Cyborg as a bear tries to use his sonic cannon, it turns out to be this.
    Cyborg: Bang? Oh, dang.
  • Batman Gambit: Raven pulls one on Mumbo, using his expectations that he was in full control against him, and escaping.
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  • Beary Funny: Cyborg spend the majority of the episode as a dancing bear in a tutu.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: The secret to the trick Raven used to help her and the Titans escape Mumbo’s hat seems be that she took advantage of her satirized powers to perform another cliche magic trick: the rabbit hat-trick. So Raven literally defeated Mumbo using one of The Oldest Tricks in the Book.
  • Bigger on the Inside: Mumbo's hat.
    Cyborg: We're inside Mumbo's hat, and Raven is inside Mumbo's hat, inside Mumbo's hat?!
  • Butt-Monkey: Raven is in this episode. She gets humiliated more any of the Titans.
  • Cessation of Existence: Implied to be the fate Mumbo wanted to subject the Titans to.
    Mumbo: Tonight, I will make the Titans disappear! Forever.
  • Chain of People: The Titans attempt this to stop Raven from getting sucked into the hat at the beginning of the episode, but it fails.
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  • Either/Or Title: Both the episode itself and the title cards Mumbo uses throughout his act.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Starfire's act in the show consists of Mumbo shoving himself into her mouth, then appearing below her, implying that he may have come out of somewhere suggestive. It really doesn't help that Starfire was a tiger while this was happening.
  • Give Me a Sign: Starfire ponders "Oh, if only there were a sign!" A massive marquee lights up proclaiming "The Amazing Mumbo and His New Assistant Raven".
    Cyborg: That'll do.
  • Humiliation Conga: The entirety of Mumbo's show is this for the Titans, with him forcing them to perform.
  • Involuntary Dance: Cyborg is subjected to one.
  • Ironic Echo: When Raven is trying to get information out of Mumbo, he recites the Magician's Oath ("a magician never reveals his secrets"). After the Titans have defeated him, Mumbo asks Raven how they did it only to get the same line repeated back to him.
  • I've Heard of That — What Is It?: Starfire's response when Cyborg says Mumbo made him do a jig.
    Starfire: That madman must be stopped! Please, what is a jig?
  • Me's a Crowd: Mumbo manifests many Mumbo duplicates as his audience and stagehands. There's also puppets of himself.
  • Mind Screw: Lampshaded by dialogue between Cyborg and Beast Boy, Raven is sucked inside Mumbo's hat while they're already inside Mumbo's hat. At the end when Raven breaks his spell him getting a closer look in her cage suddenly becomes him peeking into his hat.
    Cyborg: Wait a minute... we're inside Mumbo's hat... and Raven's inside Mumbo's hat INSIDE Mumbo's hat!? GYAAAH!
    Beastboy: Dude! You're making my brain hurt!
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Mumbo's still on the comedic side, but this episode centers around him trapping our heroes in a Pocket Dimension, depowering them and threatening to permanently erase them from existence, so he raises the stakes surprisingly high.
  • Reflexive Response: Discussed by Raven.
    Raven: You probably just hypnotized me into thinking I'm a rabbit, and when I get home my nose will twitch every time a bell rings.
  • Parody: The powers of the Titanimals are this. Robin is a monkey with bananas instead of birdarangs, Starfire is a tiger who coughs up hairballs instead of shooting starbolts, and Cyborg is a bear whose sonic cannon is now a BANG Flag Gun. The exception is Beast Boy, whose shape-changing powers have been restricted to inanimate objects only. While Raven in her bunny state can only perform cliched magic tricks like making flowers appear with classic magic words like “Abrakadabra” and later pulls herself out of Mumbo’s hat by saying “Alakazam”.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Two of Mumbo's puppet duplicates in a balcony do a couple of skits similar to those of Statler and Waldorf of The Muppet Show. Likewise, Mumbo's puppet-esque stagehand hearkens to Scooter.
    • Beast Boy's response to Robin having actual birdarangs instead of bananas when they're back to normal is, "Yes! You have no bananas!", which is one word off from the song title by Louis Prima.
    • “I DO NOT LIKE BEING A CAT IN THIS HAT!”
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: At one point, Starfire, who had turned into a tiger, goes after a ball of yarn thrown by one of Mumbo's minions.
    • During Mumbo's show, Robin screeches and laughs like a monkey.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Mumbo seems a lot more powerful here than he was in "Sum of His Parts".
  • Villain Song: "Master of Your Fate."
  • Visual Pun:
    • At one point, Mumbo's hat (within his hat) transforms into a cannon, and almost everything that happens in his hat goes as he imagines it should. The world within his hat is his Head Canon.
    • One of Mumbo's stage hands in his hat flatters him, and he gets such a big head it bursts.
    • Bunny Raven defeats Mumbo by pulling her foot outside of his hat. Get it?

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