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  • A minor example, but in the teaser trailer, the Titans dressing up as Wonder Woman can be this due to their reasoning:
    Beast Boy: No one wants to see us, fool!
    Raven: Wonder Woman inspires people.
    Starfire: And we... do not.
  • The Titans sneak into the premiere of Batman Again! and see a couple of previews, each pertaining to Batman's sidekick. First movie: Alfred. Second movie: Batmobile. Third movie: Utility Belt. Funny, at first, but what makes it sad is that before the third trailer is properly introduced, Robin climbs up onto the stage to thank everyone for finally giving him a movie. After the trailer though, Atom says, "He thought the movie was about him!" and laughs at him. Then everyone else, meaning all superheroes, in the theater follow suit except for the other Titans, who only felt sorry for him. The poor guy then runs out of the theater crying. A surprising realistic response for this moment.
  • The scene, pictured on the right, with Robin lying on his bed and staring at the ceiling with a genuinely sad look on his face. The dark blue lighting in his bedroom further emphasizes his inner plight.
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    • The Lion King-style nightmare that follows is just as sad as well as being Nightmare Fuel.
  • Slade destroying the Titans' tower. What makes it sadder is that that's the last we see of it in the movie, implying that it's still destroyed by the end and there's no telling where the Teen Titans could live.
    • Before this, Slade mockingly thanks Robin for helping him finish the movie, used as part of his Evil Plan to mind control the entire world. You will believe that Lego Batman can play the Titans' greatest villain.
      Slade: Thank you, Robin! You were so desperate to be in a movie that you turned your back on everything important to you! Even your own friends!
    • What follows is the rooms shown while on fire. And the last thing shown before the scene below? A picture of all of the Titans together.
    • As the Tower starts being blown up, Robin starts doubting himself again, since, as described below, he turned his back on everything, including his friends, all because he wanted a movie. Sure, it does have a quick Mood Whiplash because of Robin's baby hands, but this moment is completely and utterly lacking the show's typical style.
      Robin: How could I have been so stupid?! I'm not a hero. I'm a failure with no friends.
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    • Worse, for all Robin knows, his friends are dead, and he's steeling himself to face Slade alone, and willing to pay any price to take him down. It's a rare moment when the show is serious and dramatic and playing the scene completely straight, as does the music score.
    • The August 13, 2018 episode of Go!, "Tower Renovation", provided an epilogue — with the Tower getting destroyed again.
  • When Robin agrees to let go of the Titans for causing trouble around the studio to get his own movie (already pretty sad, since they don't care much about having a movie, and just did all of it for him), they all leave heartbroken and choose to go their separate ways. It's somewhat Played for Laughs, with Jade Wilson politely shooing them off the set, until Starfire turns to Robin with tears in her eyes and sincerely tells him that she looks forward to seeing his movie while hugging him goodbye. Even more of a Gut Punch considering how infrequently Go! plays their feelings for each other this straight.
    • Even sadder when we learn of Jade/Slade's true plan (read: to mind control the entire world to do his bidding). Starfire would have been one of the first victims.
    • Robin is signing for three young fans on the studio lot, and the third fan is a child with a drawing of not just him, but the rest of the Teen Titans together, who by that point broke up from their ex-leader. note  The memory of what just happened is enough for him to pause. And then Jade, smiling throughout, impatiently pushes her aside to stay on schedule!
  • Robin gets mind-controlled — because he just couldn't help but peek at the movie about him, which emphasized how much he wanted to be recognized. Even knowing it was a trap.
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