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Teen Titans features plenty of Shout Outs. Here's the list:

  • There are many references to FLCL and Battle of the Planets, as Glen Murakami's a fan of both. Glen Murakami even said FLCL was a huge influence on the show
  • One character in an early episode can be seen wearing a jacket similar to that of Kaneda from AKIRA.
  • "257-494" ("Don't Touch That Dial") is pretty much twenty-two minutes of references. They even got in the Star Wars Kid Most notably, the climax is an extended parody of The Empire Strikes Back..
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  • "Fear Itself" is the introduction of Control Freak, as well as some awesome Star Wars and Star Trek references. Not only is Control Freak's sole reason for attacking a video rental store because he found out that they had not made 'Warp Trek 5'(with the original cast from the TV show!) one of their top suggested movies to rent, starring an alien with pointy ears, the sound his remote makes is the same sound the transporter makes. He even calls the salesgirl a tribble! He then goes on to assure that although the Teen Titans are not afraid of him, they will be soon by quoting Yoda.
  • Look hard at Thunder and Lightning's style, their artwork resembles Osamu Tezuka era Anime character models, and for that matter, look at how stylized the episode in general was, if I recall, when Beast Boy lectures Thunder for the second time, it looks similar to Japanese Mythology (Appropriate, considering how the designs and mannerisms of Thunder and Lightning resemble Japanese legends), and the end of the episode, look at the horizon, it's also very stylized.
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  • In "Winner Take All", the background music bears a distinct resemblance to Mortal Kombat's theme. Granted it's not exactly the same, but the influence is there.
  • In "Bunny Raven, or How to Make a Titananimal Disappear", among other shout-outs (including a Statler and Waldorf shtick), there's a shout-out to "Yes! We Have No Bananas", a part of a — what else? — 20s Broadway revue.
  • In "For Real", Control Freak's Hacker Cave contains multiple computer screens with Matrix Raining Code.
  • In "How Long Is Forever?", the punks tormenting Beast Boy have similar designs to the Mutants. Coincidence?
  • Beast Boy briefly turns into Chewbacca in "Stranded". Then later carries Cyborg as if he were C-3PO!
  • Immediately after the Chewbacca shout-out, he turns Cyborg into Giant Robo (and himself into Daisaku Kusama)!
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  • Watch just after the first commercial break in "Fractured"; Larry turns Robin's arm into a chainsaw.
  • Possibly jumping the line between homage and plagiarism, the episode "Car Trouble" copies the entire minutes long chase scene from The Castle of Cagliostro, down to the level of detail visible in each shot.
  • In "Betrothed", the scene where Robin yells Starfire's name through a glass window is very reminiscent of The Graduate.
  • "The Prophecy" has Slade stopping time using the same visual effect as the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure OAVs.
  • What about the fact that Robot Chicken made a parody of the show? Then not long after, in "Stranded", Beast Boy accidentally rebuilt Cyborg as a chicken? Even funnier when you know that the creators of Robot Chicken have credited Cyborg as the basis for their Chicken design.
  • The inside of Kitten and Killer Moth's house is suspiciously similar to the house from The Brady Bunch.
    • Inside?!? Suspiciously?? There's a shot of the outside, and yes, it's very much The Brady Bunch house, right down to the landscape in the back.
  • "Mad Mod" features a plethora of shoutouts; including the Sea of Holes from Yellow Submarine, a door sequence ripped straight out of Scooby-Doo, mind-boggling paintings by M. C. Escher and mind control devices not entirely unlike the ones used in A Clockwork Orange.
    • Robin's discovery of the real appearance of The Chessmaster, Mad Mod, is a shoutout to the Cowboy Bebop episode "Bohemian Rhapsody" where the Big Bad is found to be a decrepit old man playing chess.
  • "Revolution" has several Monty Python's Flying Circus references, including: shrill old women discussing shopping, the Terry Gilliam look of the illusions he uses, and, of course, a giant foot crushing all of the team except Robin.
  • The opening scene of "The Apprentice " parallels the cave scene of The Empire Strikes Back.
    • Similarly, Robin and Slade's fight in Apprentice Part II bears a striking similarity to the one between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader in Empire. You have the villain, a tall, masked, mysterious Evil Counterpart that wishes to mentor the hero, fighting him in a room full of machinery and smoke (Robin and Slade even have a mock lightsaber duel with steel bars) while the hero is just barely keeping up, until he gets a good lick in, causing the villain to get serious and give him a Curb-Stomp Battle.
  • The design of Red X is very similar in tone, motif, and look to Skull Man. It's a bit tough to call, though. Skull Man does predate this show by a lot, but that specific design didn't come until the 2007 version by Bones.
  • Brain's robot body and voice in "Homecoming" suspiciously similar to that of a Dalek.
    • This was intentional, funnily enough.
    • In "Calling All Titans" he says "Shall we play a game?" possibly referencing WarGames
  • In "The End, Part. II", Robin and Slade both dance like they want to win.
  • In the last episode of the fifth season, "Things Change", a kid who resembles Napoleon from Napoleon Dynamite is also attending Terra's school and can be seen passing by in front of the camera in a few scenes, notably in the library and at the end of the episode in the hallway.
    • Adding to this is the fact that, in the school's hallways, posters reading "Vote for Pedro" can be seen.
  • In the new short "Movies" Control Freak is painted as a Navi from Avatar riding a mecha suit from either the same movie or Aliens, which appears to be the movie the Titans are watching.
  • The computer virus Cyborg is infected with in "Crash" is clearly Keramon, the child form of the Big Bad of the second Digimon movie, Bokura no Wargame.
  • The title of the first Raven-centric episode, "Nevermore", is a reference to the famous Edgar Allan Poe poem The Raven.
  • Ho boy. In the New Teen Titans short "Turn Back The Clock", Mad Mod is turning back time with a red TARDIS. As time goes backwards, the teams' costumes go through their previous iterations from the comics, including pants-less Robin and Stripperific Starfire. When they reach the 70's, they get the costumes from the Scooby-Doo gang, complete with B.B. Snacksnote  When Robin cranks time forward too far, he's turned into "Robin the Toy Wonder" from DC One Million; the other four titans are replaced with the futuristic heroes of Titans: Scissors, Paper, Stonenote , with the designs done by the series' character designer Derrick Wyatt for fun in 2006 (which helps explain why "Witchie-Poo" looks remarkably like a post-upgrade Sari Sumdacnote ).
    • Not to mention the opening animation of the sun & Big Ben is straight from Yellow Submarine.
    • The ending animation where Mad Mod is having trouble keeping up with the conveyor belt is reminiscent of the ending credits from The Jetsons.
  • At one point during "Transformation" the T-Ship gets eaten by a planet, and the Titans then escape in a manner reminiscent of the asteroid escape from The Empire Strikes Back.
  • At one point in the episode "Sum of His Parts", Robin's 'locator' sounds literally identical to the Star Trek: The Original Series' communicator. And, to cast aside any doubt, it looks oddly similar, too.
  • In "Wavelength", turns out that Cyborg doesn't like being called Sparky.
  • Killer Moth's design seems to be a cross between a Kamen Rider and the Orphnoch King from Kamen Rider Faiz.
    • His daughter's boyfriend, Fang, meanwhile, has a spider for a head and wears a motorcycle jacket, resembling Spider from Kamen Rider: The First.
  • Melvin, the little girl from Hide and Seek, not only has hair similar to Chiyo-Chan, but expresses her emotions in the same way.
  • In "Employee of the Month", Robin's new flight suit looks a lot like Ken the Eagle's outfit, right down to the beak-shaped visor, though in Robin's colors.
    • Also, the moped Beast boy wants looks like a white-colored version of Haruko's scooter from FLCL, with a T! instead of a P! sticker on it. When later riding a moped, he dons a scarf like Haruko's.
  • In "Deception", Cyborg's Stone identity resembles a young black man with a silver tiara and metal bracelets. So basically, a teen version of Luke Cage.
    • Also, he's a teenager who strikes two rings together in order to turn into a stone powerhouse, just like Benjy Grimm in Fred and Barney Meet the Thing.
  • In The End Part III, Beast-Boy is fighting his own evil side. BB turns into a T. rex, the evil side turns into a Spinosaurus.
  • In issue no. 11, June 1987, by RJM Lofficier and Joe Orlando the characters meet a muscular boy with a quiff named Tin, whose planet went through a post apocalyptic war. This may sound a bit too obscure, but later in the story he tells about his planet's history and we see him, Captain Haddock and professor Calculus drawn in realistic drawing style. [1]
  • In "Transformation", Starfire's forehead growth and the way she tries to push it back into her head directly mirrors Naota's from FLCL, the anime that influenced much of the show's art style.


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