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Titans is a 2018 live-action superhero series, based on the DC Comics team Teen Titans.

Produced by Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti, Akiva Goldsman, and Sarah Schechter, Titans was created for the DC Universe streaming service after previously being in development at TNT in 2014. The first season is scheduled for 12 episodes. It will exclusively air on DC Universe in the United States and on Netflix internationally.note  It premiered on DC Universe on October 12, 2018, with episodes being released weekly.

The series kicks off a new Shared Universe separate from the Arrowverse and DC Extended Universe, commonly referred to as the Titansverse. Prior to release, Titans has been greenlit for a second season.

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Titans contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Adaptation Dye-Job:
    • While Beast Boy keeps his green hair, his skin color is natural instead of being green as well. Played with as he appears to turn green only when using his animal powers.
    • Similarly, Raven has a natural skin tone like in the classic comics, but turns grey as in the cartoon (and the comics it since influenced) when tapping into her demonic powers.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: The founding members of the Titans in this adaptation are Robin, Starfire and Raven, with Beast Boy being the first recruit. In the comics, it was formed by Robin, Kid Flash and Aqualad, while Wonder Girl was the first recruit when the team was officially named. This brings it in line with the famous animated series, though other members are expected to join the core team later.
  • Adapted Out:
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    • Most likely due to his status as a Justice League founder in the post-Flashpoint comics (as well as the 2017 Justice League movie), Cyborg is not a part of the team in this series. However, he does exist, given an Adaptation Origin Connection the Doom Patrol in their own series, and is set to make an appearance here afterwards.
    • Founding team members Garth and Wally West are also absent, as is Roy Harper. Wally and Roy's absences can likely be attributed to their presence in the Arrowverse.
  • Adults Are Useless: Averted with Starfire, who’s both super powered and can control those powers. She has no problem curb stomping the villains who easily curb stomped the rest of the cast. Even without using her powers, she’s at least at the same level as Dick, if not more capable.
  • Age Lift: All over the place. Likely why the series is called Titans and dropping the Teen out of the name.
    • Dick and Kori are in their late twenties rather than early twenties like the current continuity.
    • Garfield is played by 22-year-old Ryan Potter.
    • Inverted with Raven, who is younger unlike her comics counterpart and cartoon 2003. Her actress was just 13 during filming.
    • Hawk & Dove are played by actors in their thirties.
    • Donna Troy's actress Conor Leslie was 27 during production.
  • Amnesiac Hero: Koriand'r doesn't even know she has powers (let alone her name!), discovering them spontaneously when pressed into dangerous situations.
  • Artistic License – Biology: A scientist explains Beast Boy’s morphing power as “unzipping and rebuilding his DNA.” If that was the case, even if he survived the catastrophic organ failure, during the transition, and miraculously stays free of the cancer that would be wrecking his body if he made one mistake, the morphing should take at least several months.
  • Avoid the Dreaded G Rating: Granted, this show was always intended to be TV-MA, but the infamous "fuck Batman" line seems specifically chosen to rid unsuspecting parents of any illusion that this show was meant for kids like previous Teen Titans media.
  • Big Eater: Raven watches in shock as Rita Farr piles a massive heap of onion rings, spaghetti, and cooked meat onto her plate, and then drowns the whole thing in gravy.
  • Body Horror: When not taking a human form, Rita Farr slumbers in her room as a massive, maggot-like fleshy, pulsating mass.
  • Bullets Do Not Work That Way: From the slow-mo scene where a thug shoots Starfire, its clear when a bullet is fired, it clones its own casing. This new magic casing stays attached to the bullet throughout its whole travel time. The original casing is ejected from the port.
  • Christianity Is Catholic: Raven's mom's house has several Catholic crucifixes, crosses and icons.
  • Composite Character:
    • Just like in the animated series, Robin is Dick Grayson, but has Tim Drake's bo staff. He also appears to have the more violent personalities, fighting styles, and distaste for Batman and his ideology that's shared by both the comics' version Jason Todd and Damian Wayne.
    • Raven's appearance here is a combination of traits from both her 2003 cartoon and comics incarnations - she has the deep purple hair and a natural skin tone, but the latter turns a pale gray when she taps into her power. Like her 2003 incarnation, her powers run on emotion, as she made her room shake violently with telekinesis during a moment of upset.
  • Cowboy Cop: Dick / Robin in spades.
    • Inflicts life threatening injuries, which veer into manslaughter / murder territory.
    • Failure to respond to exigent circumstances in a hostage situation.
    • Failure to verify minor’s identity. When minor mentions “evil inside me,” fails to schedule psych eval, and notify child protective services.
    • Disappears while on shift.
    • Is still employed, so obviously lying on situation reports.
    • Police brutality through beating up civilians, without probable cause, nor circumstances supporting self defense
  • Dark and Troubled Past:
    • Starfire appears to have been experimented on by a group of scientists, much like what happened to her in the comics (except in the latter case, it was aliens).
    • Raven's the hybrid daughter of Trigon. Here, she had an unhappy home and school life due to her magical powers which she doesn't understand, with her mother being the only person who cares about her. Had, because she's orphaned in the first episode by people trying to kidnap her, and she goes on the run to escape them. She also fearfully talks about "the darkness" feeling good. The first trailer also implies she will be put in a religious institution.
    • Dick's parents died when their trapeze performance was sabotaged causing both of them to fall to their deaths, a form of Death by Origin Story. Dick believed someone murdered them, but many people wrote it off as an accident. In addition, he was taken in by Batman himself, but Dick had since parted with him on a very sour note.
    • Beast Boy: His intro-flashback puts him in Congo, with what looks like a nasty case of Ebola.
  • Darker and Edgier: Unlike past versions, this setting is firmly in the R-rated territory with swearing, brutal action (including bone snaps, people getting shot, burned, and mangled), and an overall darker tone taking advantage of being on a streaming service, like what the MCU's Netflix shows are. All while also still being about superheroes unabashedly like the source.
  • Dumb Muscle: The hitman sent to capture Raven in the first episode. He knows Raven is superpowered. He could have showed up with a group of guys, captured the mom before hand, and used her as leverage to get Raven to cooperate. Instead, he shows up alone, confuses Raven with some plot bombs about her real parents, and before Raven get get past the initial shock, he executes the mom in front of her. Obviously Raven blows up at him, and he fails to capture her.
  • Evil Feels Good: In her character teaser, Raven fearfully talks about how feeling "the darkness" (likely referring to her demonic heritage) feels good.
  • Fair Cop:
    • After leaving Gotham, Dick sets up as a police officer in Detroit (instead of the fictional Bludhaven in the comics) while also protecting the city as a Vigilante Man.
    • Lindsey Gort as Dick's partner, Amy Rohrbach.
  • Fanservice: Because of course you have to clean your superhero costume gear naked from the waist up after a hard night's vigilante-ing when you have a physique like Dick Grayson.
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: Despite being Darker and Edgier, the show doesn't try to hide its superhero roots. The main trio is a Badass Normal martial artist, an alien princess, and an empath of demonic origin. Then you have a guy who can shapeshift to any animal, an Amazonian clone, two bird-themed heroes who act as a Battle Couple, and the villains include a master of illusion, a master of blood magic, and a literal demon who's the father of said empath.
  • Food Porn: Dinner with the Doom Patrol, my god. Larry Trainor must be one hell of a cook.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Oddly Robin, because with the number of references they make to the Nolanverse Batman, that one would have encouraged more head gear.
  • I Hate Past Me: Implied to be the reason why Dick treats Jason Todd with disdain.
  • Impromptu Tracheotomy: In a rare non-lethal example, Robin's first fight scene has him stab two mooks in the throat with birdarangs.
  • Instant Sedation: To kidnap her, Raven is nearly instantly sedated by Officer Jones at the Detroit Police station before he shoves her in a cruiser.
  • Lonely Together: According to the developers, Dick and Raven will share a close father/daughter bond based on their shared feelings of loneliness.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Inverted; Raven learns that her mother is not her "real" or birth mother just before she's murdered.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Negative Man apparently listens to AC/DC while cooking in the Doom Patrol's kitchen.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Dick angrily throws the R emblem from his suit into a wall, mirroring a Batarang shot in Batman Begins. (He also uses R-shaped shuriken identical to that emblem instead of Batarangs.)
    • The religious institution where Raven is staying in her character teaser is likely a nod to her comic incarnation's religious roots in Azarath, except it's not as benevolent here.
    • Starfire being experimented on by a group of scientists references her backstory in the comics, where she got her powers from aliens using her as their test subject.
  • Naked People Are Funny: In Beast Boy's character teaser, he transforms into a tiger and back. It takes Dick asking an innocent question and Starfire snickering for him to realize that he's completely naked.
  • Plot Armor: All the titans, naturally. There’s a bunch of scenes where the villains noticeably have a habit of asking questions first, and shooting later, even when someone is obviously in a super hero outfit. Robin in particular seems to benefit from villains not taking head shots (where he doesn’t have armor).
  • Precision F-Strike: In the first trailer, to establish this isn't a kid's show.
    Criminal: Where's Batman?!
    Robin: Fuck Batman.
  • Race Lift:
    • Beast Boy, who is white in the comics, is played by Ryan Potter, who is half Japanese and half white.
    • While the Acolyte usually wears makeup to appear to be a blue demon, he is a white man in the comics. Here he's played by Afro-Swiss actor J Jarreth Mertz.
    • Negative Man is also normally white and is played by black Caribbean-born Canadian actor Dwain Murphy.
  • Rage Against the Mentor: Dick had a falling-out with Bruce prior to the series, and has been gone from Gotham for over a year when the series begins.
    Dick: I guess we had different ideas on how to do the job.
  • Rogues-Gallery Transplant:
  • R-Rated Opening: The SDCC 2018 footage features a violent beatdown, a dark and moody tone and the "fuck Batman" line, presumably for the benefit of those who assume that "Teen Titans=kid friendly".
  • Shout-Out: Rachel watches Game of Thrones.
  • Team Title: The title is short for Teen Titans, the original name of the group in the comics.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Word of God says this is why Robin left Batman, as Robin felt Batman was crossing the line by becoming "almost murderous".
  • Too Dumb to Live: Dick’s police partner. She finds a crying stranger in her house. In Detroit. She leaves her gun out of reach before ever verifying the stranger’s intent, or whether they are armed.
  • Trauma Button: People falling gives Dick flashbacks to his parents' death.
  • Truer to the Text: This is the first Teen Titans series to fully embrace the maturity and grit of the comics, whereas the animated series had to be Lighter and Softer to be acceptable for young audiences, and the gag series caters solely to children.

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