Follow TV Tropes


Trivia / Teen Titans Go!

Go To

The Comic Book

The Animated Series

  • Actor Allusion:
    • It's revealed that Raven is a fan of Pretty Pretty Pegasus. Raven's voice actress, Tara Strong, also voices Twilight Sparkle, the main character in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Robin is also a big fan of Pretty Pretty Pegasus. One of Scott Menville's first voice acting roles was as the human boy and brother of Megan, Danny, in My Little Pony.
    • Advertisement:
    • In "The Date", Robin bribes Cyborg and Beast Boy with Scooby Snacks. Menville once voiced Shaggy.
    • A giant humanoid robot piloted by all five Titans appears in the series, each Titan piloting a different body part, reminiscent of another series where Greg Cipes voiced a prominent role.
    • In the Valentine's Day special, Beast Boy sang "Fade Away", a song originally sung by Cipes.
    • "Truth, Justice, and What?" features Cipes voicing "those cool turtles". Plus, there's a scene where Beast Boy impulsively exposes himself to some radioactive slime to mutate himself, undergoes some Body Horror and nearly dies from the result, very similar to what Mikey does in an episode of the 2012 cartoon. Scott Menville voices one of the other turtles, and also has had a recurring role in the new cartoon.
    • "The Hive Five" has Cyborg asking See-More to draw a sketch of him, while making all sorts of crazy demands. By the time the latter is finally finished, the sketch looks less like Cyborg and more like Khary Payton, his voice actor.
    • Advertisement:
    • In "Two Parter", the Titans gush about "Weird Al" Yankovic when they realize that Darkseid sounds just like him. Darkseid was voiced by Weird Al.
    • In "TTG v. PPG", when the Powerpuff Girls arrive at Titans Tower, Raven is the the one who interacts with Bubbles first. In the original version of The Powerpuff Girls, Tara Strong was the one who voiced Bubbles. The same episode includes a joke that works as an allusion in the Italian dub: when the Titans disguise themselves as the PPG, Raven is the one dressed as Buttercup. Monica Bertolotti is the Italian voice for both Raven and Buttercup.
    • In "Think About Your Future" Beast Boy says he wants to get a dragon tattoo that distinctly looks like Iron Fist's Steel Serpent. In the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon, Greg Cipes voices Iron Fist.
    • In "Snuggle Time", Robin undergoes an Evil Makeover with a bald head and goatee that happens to make him look like his voice actor.
    • Advertisement:
    • In "Scary Figure Dance", Cyborg is dressed up as a vampire for Halloween, interestingly enough, his voice actor Khary Payton had previously played one after injecting himself with Dracula's blood in the Direct-to-Video sequel to Dracula 2000, Dracula II: Ascension.
  • Adored by the Network: Surprisingly, it's Cartoon Network's favorite show, airing reruns almost every day after its premiere and is one of twonote  poster children of this trope, thus giving us enough examples to have its own page.
  • Ascended Fanon: Beast Boy and Raven are frequently referred to as "BBRae" in the fandom. Then, in "Rocks and Water" the term gets used in the actual show.
  • Banned in China: Up until March of 2018, "Caged Tiger" and "Serious Business" were never shown on the United Kingdom feed of Cartoon Network after their premieres due to their Potty Emergency plotlines, which for some reason the UK feed isn't fond of, as they've done this to similar episodes of the other shows they air for the same reason.
    • Averted with "Hot Salad Water"; although battling the Queen of England could upset British viewers, it still airs reruns of the UK feed.
  • Defictionalization:
    • One fan posted an official Legendary Sandwich recipe on Tumblr.
    • The in-house band released "The Night Begins to Shine" on YouTube and iTunes on October 30, 2015, after "40%, 40%, 20%" aired. As Cyborg explains in the episode, the song was composed forty percent by the drummer Carl Burnett. The lead guitarist Franklin "Frank" Enea contributed another forty percent, and the last twenty was written by a keyboard player, William "Billy Red" J. Reagan. Put the first letters of their last names together, and you get the band name "B.E.R."
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Purple Emoticlone Raven is often referred to as "Passion".
    • The Boombox Staff fusion was referred to as "Boomstaff", prior to getting officially named "Beat Box".
    • Both fans and haters have jokingly called the show "It's Always Sunny in Jump City" due to how mean-spirited the main characters can be.
    • Haters have also called it "Toddler Titans" due to how immature the characters are, as well as the show having a large viewing audience of toddlers. Other haters have taken to giving it decidedly more vulgar monikers, namely "Teen Titans Go Fuck Yourself" or "Teen Titans Go To Hell and Back".
    • Additionally, the show is also referred to as "Teen Titans Go Mad!" due to the Production Posse from the Animated Adaptation of MAD working on this show.
    • Episodes devoted to mocking detractors like "Let's Get Serious" have frequently been named as if they were sequels to "Let's Get Serious", e.g. "Let's Get Serious 2".
  • Food Tropes: The series is rife with these.
  • God Never Said That: It's often believed that the creators once admitted to having no familiarity with the 2003 Teen Titans series prior to working on TTG, and that they were chosen to lead the project because they had little knowledge of the DC Comics universe. A cursory glance at Michael Jelenic's resume debunks at least the latter idea, as while he didn't work on the previous Teen Titans series, he has held both writer and producer roles on several other DC animation projects. A later interview had Jelenic and Aaron Horvath state that if they had ever actually said anything along those lines, it was likely as a joke about how different in tone this show would be.
  • Name's the Same:
  • No Budget: Subverted as the show's simplistic animation was meant to invoke a chibi-esque art style.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Scott Menville replaces several voice actors. He replaced Mike Erwin as Speedy, Rodger Bumpass as Dr. Light in "Colors of Raven" (though Bumpass subsequently came back and reprised his role), Thomas Haden Church and Marc Worden as Killer Moth, the late Glenn Shadix as the Brain and Jason Marsden as Billy Numerous.
    • Tara Strong replaces Dee Bradley Baker as Silkie.
    • Will Friedle replaces Michael Rosenbaum as Kid Flash.
    • As of her first major speaking role in "Forest Pirates," Bumblebee is now voiced by Ozioma Akagha instead of T'Keyah "Crystal" Keymah.
    • The Latin American dub replaced the entire cast, with the sole exception of Cyborg's voice actor, as the rest of the cast retired from voice acting.
    • The Polish dub recast Beast Boy at the dubbing studio's insistence.
    • The Italian dub recast Cyborg and Beast Boy from Roberto Draghetti and Leonardo Graziano to Mino Caprio and Gabriele Patriarca. Going further, Rachele Paolelli replaces Tatiana Dessi as Gizmo starting from Season 2, while in Season 3 Cyborg got recast again to Luigi Ferraro.
    • The Japanese dub averts this, surprisingly enough, if you take into account the time skip between the original series and Go!, as the entire cast reprise their roles without any changes.
  • Out of Holiday Episode: As the Adored by the Network page states, the holiday themed episodes are played even when it's not said holiday. For example, "Thanksgiving" was frequently played in early 2015 due to being paired with "Serious Business", one of the show's most popular episodes, "How 'Bout Some Effort" played even after Valentine's Day passed, and "The True Meaning of Christmas" will often play every two weeks.
  • Playing Against Type:
  • Recursive Adaptation: A cartoon that shares a name with a comic book that was a Comic-Book Adaptation of another cartoon, that this show is based on, that was adapted from another comic book. There's also a digital comic book based on this comedy series with the same title as the one that was based on the '03 series (recognized by DC as TTG volume 2). Nope. Not at all confusing or anything.
  • Recycled Script:
    • "Pie Bros" is pretty much a reprise of "Employee of the Month" with no alien tofu. Beast Boy wants to buy something, he tries to get a job with little success, before finally getting a placement that involves working for the episode's antagonist.
    • "Colors of Raven" is pretty much an extension of "Nevermore", and expands upon the "different colored Literal Split Personality Ravens". Many have pointed out that Green Raven the personification of Bravery is absent, but have noticed Lady Legasus seems to take after her. It even more directly copies the 2003 series' comic spin-off story "Pieces of Me."
    • The infamous "Staring at the Future" takes after "How Long Is Forever?", but has Beast Boy and Cyborg traveling to the future rather than Starfire. Also unlike Starfire, whose absence tore the team apart, in this case, Beast Boy and Cyborg's absence helped the other Titans reach their full potential. Furthermore, their return and presence in the past screwed their friends over and resulted in an apocalyptic future.
    • "Grandma Voice" is essentially the same as the original series episode "Mother Mae-Eye", only with Mother Mae-Eye being replaced by Grandma Cyborg and an absence of mind-controlling pies. Mother Mae-Eye herself even appears to further cement this reference.
    • The ending of "Legendary Sandwich" bears a lot of resemblance to Princess Bubblegum's story in the first "Five Short Graybles" episode of Adventure Time. Both stories involve the characters going to painstaking lengths to create the perfect sandwich only for it to be chewed up and spat out by someone who didn't appreciate it. It's funny, considering that Princess Bubblegum and Starfire share the same voice actress.
    • "Terra-ized" was the Judas Contract, and therefore the arc of Season 2 of the original series, in a nutshell.
    • The 100th episode, "And the Award for Sound Design Goes to Rob", was "Puppets, Whaaaaat?", with the plot changed to be about removing sound from the world instead of the characters turning into puppets.
    • "Employee of the Month Redux" is pretty much a shot for shot remake of "Employee of the Month" . Rob Hoegee even wrote both episodes. Starfire even lampshades how familiar the episode felt.
    • "Hey You, Don't Forget About Me In Your Memory" shares similarities to the Alvin and the Chipmunks episode "The Brunch Club": both are Whole Plot References to The Breakfast Club where the mischief of the main characters causes them to accidentally do something that lands all of them in detention. It's worth noting that both episodes use original songs rather than Simple Minds' "Don't You (Forget About Me)" unlike most homages to the movie, with this show using "Crane Kick" and Alvin using "What Were You Doing At The Time?".
    • "Oh, Yeah!" has a similar plot to the Animaniacs episode "Fake", in which the main characters decide to convince someone they know that wrestling is fake.
    • "Master Detective" is similar to the Garfield and Friends segment "How Now, Stolen Cow?". Both episodes have the characters become detectives to solve a mystery involving a stolen farm animal.
    • The episode "40%, 40%, 20%" is similar to the Arthur episode "Play It Again, D.W.", in which the main characters are tired of hearing someone play their favorite song over and over and don't understand why the character who loves the song is obsessed with it, only to have the character with the obsession lose the item which contained their favorite song.
  • Recycled Soundtrack: Much of the BGM was also used in MAD.
  • Role Reprisal:
    • Scott Menville as Robin, Hynden Walch as Starfire, Khary Payton as Cyborg, Greg Cipes as Beast Boy and Tara Strong as Raven. That's right, they're all back. For better or for worse is still debatable.
    • Not just the main Titans, but any character from the previous Teen Titans series will also be returning with their original voice actors reprising their role.
    • Kevin Conroy reprises his role as Batman during Robin's story in "The Real Orangins".
  • So My Kids Can Watch: The reason for all of the guest stars on this show except for two of them, note  who usually have children or grandchildren in the target demographic that watch it or would be willing to.
  • Schedule Slip: This happened twice to "Mo Money, Mo Problems" before it finally aired in June of 2018. The episode was slated to be released on the last week of December of 2017 as part of an all-week marathon and was also released to the app around the same time, but was pulled for two episodes of Steven Universe. It was then supposed to air on March 23, 2018, followed by the premiere of the last few episodes of Apple & Onion. However, this airing was delayed when Cartoon Network decided to run the entire series of Apple and Onion a half-hour early.
  • Talking to Himself:
    • Robin and Speedy are not only voiced by same actor, they sound exactly the same. Robin and Brain also share the same voice actor.
    • The Wonder Twins have the same voice actors as Raven and Cyborg. Raven also shares her voice actress with Kitten and Batgirl and Cyborg also shares his voice actor with Sticky Joe, the Couch Spirit, the Universe Tree, the Halloween Spirit and the Kaldur'ahm Aqualad.
    • As in the original series, Starfire and Blackfire share a voice actress.
    • The Ninja Turtles are voiced by Greg Cipes and Scott Menville. It counts as a Role Reprisal in Cipes' case.
  • Too Soon:
    • On the evening of November 13, 2015, Cartoon Network aired the episode "Salty Codgers" at the same time the Paris attacks occurred. This episode involves the characters dying of old age and Raven having to confront Death to save her friends. After this happened, Cartoon Network pulled all further airings of this episode. Any airing of the episode where it's paired with "Knowledge" replace the segment with a different one, with the most common one being "The Dignity of Teeth".
    • On December 2, 2015, "Serious Business" aired on the West Coast at the same time as the San Bernardino shooting. The episode involves a Running Gag where the bathroom explodes after five minutes. As a result, the episode was pulled from the airwaves for nine months, and when it returned, it was only shown a handful of times. History repeated itself on October 2, 2017, when the episode aired again at 7:45 AM, the exact same time news broke out that the Las Vegas shooting was the deadliest in history. Cartoon Network responded by replacing the other planned re-runs of the episode that week with airings of "The Streak". Even to this day, the episode is rarely shown on Cartoon Network's US feed, likely as a result of these two incidents.
    • On December 28, 2017, there was a fire in Brookyln caused by a child playing with a stove after seeing it on a cartoon they were watching while their mom showered. The cartoon wasn't specified by any sources, but a similar scene of a character playing with a stove happens in the episode "Nean", which aired at the exact time the fire started on Cartoon Network. Once the channel realized that this happened, they replaced a planned rerun scheduled for the next week with a re-run of Unikitty! and pulled the episode from the airwaves until it aired again on April 1, 2018 and has been airing regularly since.
  • Trolling Creator: A few episodes include several jabs directly aimed at the Periphery Demographic detractors. Some are more blatant than others, with some comprising the entire plot of an episode. It doesn't help when the writing staff is from an Animated Adaptation of a Trolling Magazine, with certain exceptions (Will Friedle and Tab Murphy, yes, that guy, are the most striking).
  • Voices in One Room: Interviews at San Diego Comic-Con 2013 revealed this is how the voice recording is done.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The characters went through several designs before settling on their current ones.
    • In "Laundry Day", when Raven and Robin's suits were dancing, Robin's suit was originally going to be thrusting in the other direction, towards Raven's suit. Robin' suit was flipped to make it less suggestive. Despite this, it's still pretty suggestive, considering that Raven's suit is visibly twerking.
    • Originally, "Serious Business" was not going to have a song in it until the producers presented their idea to one of the people working on the show, who told them that the censors would not approve of a joke about characters waiting for the bathroom unless something funny was added, resulting in the birth of "The Pee Pee Dance".
    • Bob Uecker's guest role was supposed to be in Season 1 rather than season 5, but the writers couldn't find a way to fit him in. This explains why he was the only celebrity on the show whose kids and grandkids were not in the target demographic of the show like most of the guest stars after Ricky Jay's spot from Season 1.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Teen Titans Go! Wiki, and another Teen Titans Go! Wiki.
  • Written by Cast Member: The season 5 episode "Stockton, CA" was written by Hynden Walch.


How well does it match the trope?

Example of:


Media sources: