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Recap / Teen Titans S5 E10 "Go"

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"When there's trouble...you know who to call."
Robin

Go! is the Teen Titans' origin story. Alien princess Starfire escapes from her captors and crashlands on Earth, causing havoc in Jump City and inadvertently bringing her captors to Earth. Four other teens with unusual powers are drawn together by the situation and eventually all five team up to save Jump City, becoming the Teen Titans.

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  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Double-subverted; at first Starfire doesn't know what the meaning of nice is, and she's astounded that four complete strangers would put their lives and planet on the line for her. As they start to fight together, however, she warms up to them and mentions they are surprisingly "kind".
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  • Big "SHUT UP!": When all the Titans are fighting with each other, Raven gets a migraine and then yells a big "QUIET!" before saying a small and meek "Hi..."
  • Continuity Nod: When Beast Boy first appears he is wearing his Doom Patrol mask. He quickly discards it due to it not looking cool.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Starfire over the course of the episode, especially towards Robin.
  • Dramatic Irony: Most of the characterization of the Titans in this episode, compared to the personalities that the audience is familiar with after they become True Companions.
  • Episode Finishes the Title: Teen Titans Go!
  • Fire-Forged Friends: All the Titans as a result of fighting the Gordanians.
  • Flashback to Catchphrase: Beast Boy discovering the word "Dude!" Also,
    Cyborg: I'm only gonna say this once... Booyah.
  • Forceful Kiss: Starfire gives one to Robin, but it's not played for romance because this is how she learns English (she was speaking entirely in Tamaranean until then), the next words out of her mouth are a threat to destroy the others if they don't leave her alone.
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  • Good Costume Switch: Starfire switches from her black and grey prison garb, which is identical to Blackfire's, to her modern-day outfit. This also signifies her Defrosting Ice Queen status.
  • I Work Alone: Robin says this at the beginning when a mugger is about to ask where his partner is.
  • Jabba Table Manners: Starfire has this, as shown when she swallows handfuls of candy without even taking the wrappers off the chocolate. Beast Boy lampshades this.
  • Language Barrier: Starfire during her violent rampage in the beginning. She could only scream out in her native Tameranian tongue, making it hard for the other Titans to try and calm her down or even communicate. This is fixed once she absorbs her first Earth language from Robin via Forceful Kiss.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Robin vs. Starfire at first since she's causing a lot of property damage in trying to remove her handcuffs, and since she isn't speaking English she appears to be a typical villain. Cyborg and Beast Boy join in to help Robin, and Raven stops the fight entirely by suggesting that the teens perform Politeness Judo.
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  • Made a Slave: Starfire says that at the Citadel she will become one, if the Gordanians succeed in taking her there.
  • Mook Horror Show: The Gordanians get this in the Cold Open, as a door is smashed down, and we see a black room with glowing green eyes.
  • Politeness Judo: Raven suggests doing this when it seems Starfire is attacking all of them, when really she's trying to get her handcuffs off. Robin listens, and manages to undo the shackles. This stops Starfire's offensive, though she knocks him down after kissing him and flies off to find food.
  • Prequel: To the rest of the show.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Cyborg eventually describes the group as this when Raven describes herself as someone who doesn't fit in. Cyborg counters by explaining that Beast Boy's green, Cyborg's half-human, and Starfire's an alien. Raven will fit in just fine.
  • Robotic Reveal: Cyborg
  • Shrinking Violet: Raven seems to start out as one.
  • Tsundere: Robin accuses Starfire as acting this way when she says that if they hadn't tried to defend her, Earth wouldn't be in trouble after she kissed him and then ran away.
    Robin: My fault? You blast me, YOU KISS ME, but you NEVER stop to mention that they have a gigantic particle weapon?!
  • What Is This Feeling?: Starfire doesn't understand what "nice" is, since in Tamaranean the closest term is a synonym for "weak".
  • With My Hands Tied: Starfire kicks ass even with her hands shackled together and unable to use starbolts.
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