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  • Author Existence Failure: Albert Jenic, who was a minor character in several episodes of the show, died of natural causes in December of 2019. He managed to finish his lines for Where Exactly on the Globe is Carl Sanpedro? before his death.
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  • Adored by the Network: Surprisingly, it used to be 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.
    • Some people, including The Mysterious Mr. Enter, negatively called the show "Toddler Titans" due to how immature the characters act. The show would later produce an episode called "Toddler Titans...Yay!".
  • 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 premires as both contained instances of what was deemed as "imitable behavior" by the BBFC. The former episode contained scenes of Cyborg improperly fixing electrical wires and the latter contained a scene in which Robin jumps into a toilet.
    • Averted with "Hot Salad Water"; although demonizing the United Kingdom as a resurgent power seeking to regain its old colonial empire and depicting Queen Elizabeth II as a wicked conqueror could upset British viewers note , it still airs reruns of the UK feed.
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  • Colbert Bump: The episode "Wally T", whose epynomous character was based off a teenager with the aformentioned syndrome, spurred interest in Barakat syndrome. Google's third result for Barakat syndrome is "Barakat syndrome Wally T".
  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer:
    • The superheroes and villains from Bizarro World (or Htrae) have names that are a combination of their respected Earth counterpart and Bizarro (Batman becomes Batzarro, Wonder Woman becomes Bizarra, etc.) The episode that touches this concept, "Robin Backwards", just reverses the names (Robin becomes Nibor, Cyborg becomes Grobyc, etc.).
    • The superheroes from Young Justice in "Let's Get Serious" also count here. The team's designs featured are from Season 1, where there were definitely a lot more lighter moments, and Season 2 is the one that got really dark. In addition to that, Aqualad is probably the closest they got to an accurate portrayal (makes sense, considering his voice actor is right there); even though it could be possible, Miss Martian never stretched her arms the way she did, usually using her body-shifting powers for disguises and the like. Superboy gets it the worst of all, here: not only does he wink like a pretty boy even though he's clearly the angstiest of the Season 1 team, but he also flies despite being only half-Kryptonian, with not one of Lex Luthor's shields in sight.
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    • For a time, CN would use the show as the face of its anti-bullying campaign, because they're both superheroes as well as Adored by the Network. This is despite the fact that the Titans are downright misanthropic and mean spirited in their show, often using "justice" as an excuse to use excessive force or get what they want without care for the consequences. Surprisingly, the network actually pulled the Titans from the campaign, likely because the network did indeed see that the Titans themselves were bullies. And then brought them back for a short time in 2017, before switching to Steven Universe characters, a move that was well-received due to how progressive the latter is.
    • Similarly, they annually run marathons for Memorial Day because of the same two reasons as the aformentioned bullying campaign, and usually it's done to promote a new episode, as well as try to compete with other networks, even networks outside of their demographic. The holiday in question celebrates those who died in war, but the earlier seasons of Teen Titans Go frequently killed off characters as a joke.
    • Many people think "TTG vs. PPG" is an episode of The Powerpuff Girls (2016) when in reality, it's an episode of this series. Not helping matters is its Y7 rating instead of TTG's usual PG rating. Also not helping is the fact that the episode is rarely shown on TV and because PPG 2016 was Screwed by the Network, it leads some to think its an episode of that series.
    • Many people believe that "The Night Begins To Shine" was written for this show, when it's actually a stock music library track that was created a decade prior. In fact, the only reason it was included in "Slumber Party", where it made it's first appearance, was for padding, as the episode ran 10 seconds shorter than usual.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices:
    • Scott Menville voices all three of the additional Robins in "The Best Robin", including Carrie Kelly.
    • Tara Strong voices the child version of Billy Batson in "Little Elvis".
    • As in the previous series, Lauren Tom voices Gizmo.
  • Dear Negative Reader: Episodes like "The Fourth Wall" and "The Return of Slade" seem to only exist to tell anyone complaining about the show to get lost.
  • 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."
  • Distanced from Current Events:
    • 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 October 2nd, 2017, the episode "Serious Business", which contains a running gag involving a bathroom exploding due to a timer, aired at 7:45AM. Unfortunately, it was the exact same time that most news channels announced that the Las Vegas shooting was the deadliest in history. Cartoon Network planned to air the episode two more times throughout the week with its' pairing episode "Caramel Apples", but replaced both half-hours with Extra Long Episodes of the show.
    • On December 28, 2017, there was a fire in Brooklyn 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.
    • "Body Adventure", which was previously available with its' pairing episode "Boys Vs. Girls", was pulled from the Cartoon Network app and TV rotations because of the coronavirus outbreak, since the episode dealt with Cyborg getting sick and a Black Comedy ending where Cyborg's body dies.
  • Dueling Shows:
    • During its' early days, it competed with fellow Cartoon Network show Sidekick, which was also a comedic take on superheroes. But since Sidekick would be kicked to the curb a few months after this premiered, Teen Titans Go! won this duel.
    • The show is also this to PAW Patrol, another popular children's show involving heroes, to the point where Cartoon Network has taken notice of this and scheduled most of the show's major marathons against new episodes of said series. While both shows get similar ratings, PAW Patrol seems to be more popular, thanks in part to the benefit of the show being Merchandise-Driven.
    • At the height of its' popularity, another comedic show about children who deal with supernatural powers, Yo Kai Watch, aired on rival channel Disney XD. This show eventually won out, as Yo-Kai Watch generally had the poorest ratings of any kids' show on at the time.
    • Another rival to this show is The Loud House, as both shows use a comic asthetic and are comedies. Like PAW Patrol above, Cartoon Network will also run Teen Titans Go! marathons against Loud House premieres. However, The Loud House gets better ratings than Teen Titans Go! and has a more positive reception than this show.
  • 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 detractors have jokingly called the show "It's Always Sunny in Jump City" due to how mean-spirited the main characters can be.
    • Detractors 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".
  • 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.
  • Marathon Running: This show is probably the king of this trope as far as animated shows go, with marathons occurring so frequently that they have their own page.
  • Missing Episode:
    • The episode "Serious Business" gets little airtime on Cartoon Network in the United States due to being (unintentionally) aired around the time other stations broke into news reports about shootings and bombings (the episode's plot involved a running gag where their bathroom explodes after 5 minutes). After this happened twice, Cartoon Network removed the episode out of regular rotation and it has only aired in marathons (though it occasionally appears in November, since its' sister episode was a Thanksgiving one) ever since, though it did air paired with a Victor and Valentino episode on May 22, 2019. In April 2020, it appeared in a recent "Meanwhile, on Cartoon Network..." promo before returning on August 21, 2020.
    • While there is a little bit of justification for "Serious Business", there are two other episodes that rarely have reruns for completely unknown reasons: "Gorilla" and "The Mask", the latter of which hasn't been rerun since December 2017.
    • The alternate ending of "Justice League's Next Top Talent Idol Star: Second Greatest Team Edition" rarely airs on Cartoon Network for an unknown reason.
    • "Body Adventure" was pulled from the Cartoon Network app in March 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as the episode involves with Cyborg getting sick which doesn't sit well with people currently dealing with the virus. It rarely airs in reruns as of recently for the same reason. However, this was averted with "Hand Zombie", the episode where Robin refuses to wash his hands, possibly due to its' aesop on how important handwashing is and showing the consequences of not doing so.
    • TTG vs. PPG is also rarely aired, being as it's a Crossover with the reboot of The Powerpuff Girls. If a rerun is scheduled, it's likely to be replaced at the last minute.
    • Clip Show episodes like "Top Of The Titans" and "Bottle Episode" are also rarely aired.
    • After getting the Out of Holiday Episode treatment for awhile, most of the holiday based episodes are restricted to airing only on said holidays as of 2016.
    • "Classic Titans" regularly aired in reruns until May 2018 but after that, it wasn't seen at all for unknown reasons. It finally returned for the first time in almost two years on January 25, 2020, but it has still been only seen sporadically in reruns.
    • Another rarely aired episode is "The Cape", likely due to it being a redub of a Teen Titans episode rather than an actual episode of the series.
  • Name's the Same:
  • No Budget: Subverted as the show's simplistic animation was meant to invoke a chibi-esque art style.
  • Older Than They Think: While the show is infamous for its many jabs at fans of the original show, it wasn't the first DC Comics cartoon to do this. Batman: The Brave and the Bold did something very similar, with Bat-Mite breaking the fourth wall to explain how a Lighter and Softer take on Batman was just as valid as a Darker and Edgier one. This was clearly mocking dissatisfied fans of Batman: The Animated Series.
  • The Original Darrin: Unlike the other actors Scott Menville replaced, Rodger Bumpass did return as Dr. Light beginning with "Caged Tiger".
  • 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 starting with "Caged Tiger"), 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.
    • In the Hungarian dub, Almos Elod takes over for his brother Botond as Robin as of season 2.
    • 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 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 European Spanish dub has Roger Isasi-Isasmendi taking over for Jonatan Lopez as Beast Boy around season 2 or 3.
    • The Polish dub recast Beast Boy at the dubbing studio's insistence.
  • 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.
    • "More Of The Same", a New Year's episode, first aired in July.
  • Out of Order:
    • Even accounting for Negative Continuity, "Be Mine" was clearly meant to air after "Opposites", especially since the latter was advertised the week before (which ended up being a rerun).
    • "Waffles" was supposed to air sometime after "Serious Business", since "The Pee Pee Dance" plays as background music. Executive Meddling causing said episode to have a Troubled Production lead to it airing as part of season 2.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • Pamela Adlon, best known for usually voicing young boys or spunky or motherly women, voices snarky teenager Rose Wilson.
    • "Weird Al" Yankovic as Darkseid. Of course this is entirely the joke — when his throat clears up the Titans stop being afraid of him because he doesn't sound threatening.
  • Quote Source: "Serious Business" provides the page quote for Potty Dance.
  • 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 Reprise:
  • Short Run in Peru: This has happened to several episodes of the show.
    • "The Fourth Wall" aired in the UK first on CITV three days before it aired in the United States.
    • The episodes "Mo' Money Mo' Problems" and "TV Knight 3" aired in France a month before the US.
    • "The Fight" aired on the Latin American feed a day before it aired in the USA, though it's downplayed as many cable providers in the United States also get that particular feed of Cartoon Network.
    • "Little Elvis" aired in the UK a month before it aired in the US.
    • "Strength Of A Grown Man" aired on the UK's Cartoon Network feed seven hours before its US premiere.
    • "Christmas Crusaders" aired as a lead-in to the Gumball miniseries Darwin's Journal in the UK two weeks before its US premiere.
    • Canada aired "Teen Titans Roar" in February 2020, two months prior to its American airdate, as well as before the release of the cartoon it was a Crossover with, making it a case of Marth Debuted in "Smash Bros.".
  • 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.
  • Screwed by the Network: While still adored, the show has occasionally fallen prey to this since Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, which was only a moderate success. It now airs less often than it used to.
  • 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 Reprise in Cipes' case.
  • 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).
  • Unintentional Period Piece: Several episodes have referenced pieces of pop culture that would later become outdated within months to years after being broadcast:
  • 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.
    • For the gender swap episode, the original designs for the gender flipped Titans, as designed by Chris Battle , showed the alternate Titans with buff and sleek designs. The final designs were done by series producer Peter Rida Michail, and more closely match that of the regular Titans.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Teen Titans Go! Wiki, and another Teen Titans Go! Wiki.
  • Working Title: "Dog Hand" was originally called "Raven's Daddy Dearest", with some TV listings still using this name.
  • Written by Cast Member: The season 5 episode "Stockton, CA" was written by Hynden Walch.

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