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"You couldn't just take a class — you had to travel around the world!"
Robin

After losing a fight with the thief Katarou, Robin travels across the world in the hopes of finding and training with a martial artist known as the True Master. Meanwhile, the remaining Titans pass the time by dressing up in Robin's costumes and pretending to be him.

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  • Actually Pretty Funny: Evidently the reason Robin didn't go ballistic when he saw the others wearing his costume. He even decided to play along with them.
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  • Agony of the Feet: Robin is ordered to change into martial arts gi and remove his shoes. He hurts his feet on the rocky ground and complains, "The next time some crazy old woman tells you to leave your shoes behind, bring them anyway."
  • All There in the Script: Chu-Hui's name is never mentioned onscreen, but is given in the credits.
  • Batman Gambit: Katarou lied about having trained with the True Master so that Robin would seek her out and Katarou could use him to cheat his way up the mountain.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Chu-Hui calls Robin's attacks (specifically, the ones he learned on his journey) during his fight with Katarou.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: Katarou tries to see the True Master by following Robin up the mountain so he won't have to face the guardians. The True Master refuses to ever train him.
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  • Continuity Nod: Starfire uses her doll from Switched as part of her fantasy conversation with Robin.
  • Bears Are Bad News: The first guardian Robin has to fight is a very tough, very strong one.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: The third guardian is likely the most entertaining of the three.
  • Foreshadowing: The moment Robin meets Chu-Hui in her field, she throws a turnip at his chest without looking.
  • Funny Animal: The three mountain guardians.
  • Handicapped Badass: The Snake in the cave can't see; not that he needs too in order to fight.
  • Hollywood Darkness: You can still see the cave from Robin's POV during his fight with the Snake, when it's supposedly pitch black.
  • Honor Before Reason: The snake was perfectly willing to fight Robin with the disadvantage of being blind, but Robin insisted on a fair fight. (Not that it was really much of a disadvantage).
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  • Ice-Cream Koan: Robin tells Chu-Hui he thought everything she told him had some deeper meaning, including making it up the mountain before nightfall. She explains it's just easier to see the path in daylight.
  • Mythology Gag: When he is discovered wearing Robin's costume, Beast Boy says to call him the "Beast Boy Wonder." Furthermore, he says this in an imagine shot mimicking the cover of Detective Comics #38 (Robin's first appearance) but adapted for Beast Boy (e.g., the date referenced is the year that Beast Boy first appeared).
  • Not So Above It All: Raven is the least willing to mess with Robin's stuff. The next scene she's in, she's wearing Robin's outfit, and admits the mask makes her feel cool.
  • Old Master: Chu-Hui is a rare female example of the Trope.
  • Personal Raincloud: Once it sinks in that Robin has left, Starfire gains one of these.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Chu-Hui, the True Master.
  • Ship Tease: Plenty of it in this episode from Starfire, who has flashbacks of all her previous Ship Tease moments with Robin when he first leaves and fantasizes conversations in which Robin compliments her appearance.
  • Snakes Are Sinister: The second guardian seems that way with his creepy Sssssnake Talk, but this is a case of Dark Is Not Evil.
  • You Didn't Ask: Chu-Hui, when she reveals that she is the True Master.

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