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In General:

  • This is notably one of the few live-action TV adaptations that's allowed to outright use Batman complete with onscreen appearances, whereas DC normally enforces an embargo to prevent audiences from being "confused" by the different continuities (apparently they don't think audiences are smart enough to know what an alternate continuity is)note . The fact that it's separate from the Arrowverse and is airing on DC's private streaming service may have something to do with it. However, he was mostly The Ghost in season 1, played by stunt actors in a hallucation in the season 1 finale, whereas in season 2, he does physically appear, but only as Bruce Wayne.
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  • Titans marks the live-action debut of long-serving and iconic Titan Donna Troy, who had many legal issues in the past preventing her from appearing outside of comic books for the longest time (hence she only had extremely brief cameos in the 2003 animated series).

Specific Tropes:

  • Actor-Shared Background: Conor Leslie is a part-time photographer, just like Donna Troy.
  • Approval of God: Marv Wolfman and George Perez have both been supportive of the series.
  • Ascended Fanon: Dick Grayson's Urban Legend Love Life is much less of an urban legend in the show.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Curran Walters admitted that before starring in the show, he wasn't much of an comic book fan, but after being cast as Jason Todd, he started to study the character and read comic books about him until the actor became a fanboy himself. He often expressed how much he enjoys playing the vigilante and how he would love to see stories like A Death in the Family getting adapted just to see the character transitioning into Red Hood. Curran even cosplayed as Robin and Red Hood from Batman: Arkham Knight. His Instagram is also full of photos with him playing Jason Todd.
  • The Cast Showoff:
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    • Minka Kelly and Alan Ritchson got to show off their singing abilities in the episode 'Atonement', when their characters did a karaoke of the song ""Ain't No Mountain High Enough"".
    • Chelsea Zhang had a short scene where she had to slow dance because the scene involved Rose trying to seduce Jason Todd, and in some of her character's fighting scenes, she does many complicated dance movements; that's because Chelsea is a dancer in Real Life, not just an actress.
  • California Doubling: Set in Detroit, yet filmed in Toronto.
  • Celebrity Voice Actor: The Japanese dub features two of them: Hawk is voiced by the TV and theatre actor Yu Kamio, while Dove II is voiced by TV actress Akane Matsui.
  • Completely Different Title: Netflix Romania has translated the show's title as "Supereroi in devenire", which in english would roughly mean "Upcoming Superheroes" or "Superheroes in the making". Which is a bit strange because "Titans" is translatable mot-à-mot as "Titanii", not to say that the original cartoon was translated as "Tinerii Titani" in the country, which literally means "Teen Titans".
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  • Creator Backlash: When asked by a fan on Twitter about what Gar's storyline would be in Season 3, actor Ryan Potter just replied: "Storyline?".
  • Darkhorse Casting:
    • Many actors are of a lesser-known variety as opposed to well-known stars. The best known of the actors announced so far are probably Brenton Thwaites, Ryan Potter, Alan Ritchson, Minka Kelly, and Conor Leslie. Many other actors don't even have their Wikipedia pages yet. Australian child actress Teagan Croft as Raven is especially notable, as this is her first major role outside her homeland, only having two previous TV roles and a film back home, plus a theater role in To Kill a Mockingbird.
    • The Japanese dub zig-zag this: From the voice cast of the titular team so far, only Yūki Kaji (Robin) and Chiaki Omigawa (Raven) are the only well-known faces in the cast. Yui Kano's (Starfire) mostly known role was as Irma in Queen's Blade and Mark Ishii (Beast Boy) is known for Mecha fans as the voice of the main hero Bellri Zenam in Gundam: Reconguista in Gnote  (which was also his debut role as a voice actor) and Lev Haiba in Haikyuu!!, while Shouya Chiba (Jason Todd) is better known as Hayato Akiyama in THE iDOLM@STER: SideM.
  • Dawson Casting:
    • Garfield Logan is supposedly a teenager, but is played by twenty three-year-old Ryan Potter in his introduction. This was presumably done because of the character's frequent nude scenes, which would have been harder to film with an underage actor.
    • Alan Ritchson and Minka Kelly also play Hank Hall and Dawn Granger during their college years while both are in their 30s.
  • Disabled Character, Disabled Actor:
    • Joey Wilson/Jericho is mute and communicates with ASL. He is played by Deaf actor Chella Man.
    • The wheelchair user Barbara Gordon will be portrayed by amputee actress Savannah Welch.
  • Fake American:
    • Robin's actor Brenton Thwaites is Australian. As is Raven's actress Teagan Croft and Superboy's actor Joshua Orpin.
    • Due to a Race Lift, Chief is played by Mexican Bruno Bichir.
    • Acolyte is played by Afro-Swiss J. Jarreth Mertz.
    • Don Hall is played by English Elliot Knight.
    • Zig-zagged with Larry Trainor. Although he's physically played by Dominican-Canadian Dwain Murphy, American actor Matt Bomer provides his voice and appears as him in pre-accident photgraphs.
  • Fake Mixed Race: Thanks to the Race Lift Slade has received by being played by the Puerto Rican actor Esai Morales, Rose is now half Vietnamese and half Latino. Her actress, Chelsea Zhang is of Chinese origins despite being born in USA.
  • Fake Russian: Konstantin Kovar is played by English-French Mark Anthony Krupa.
  • Fan Nickname: Many fans have already slapped this show's version of Koriand'r with the unfortunate nickname of "Hookerfire" due to her poorly-received outfit strongly resembling a prostitute.
  • I Knew It!:
    • Once the trailer for episode 11 was released, a lot of fans predicted that many of the events would be Trigon giving Dick hallucinations.
    • In Japan, some fans predicted either Yūki Kaji or anyone else from the Japanese voice cast from Attack on Titan would end working in the dub of this series due to the sole name of the show. Not only they got it right on the former, he also managed to voice Robin, the leader of the titular team.note 
  • Lying Creator: Brenton Thwaites raised a lot of fans' hackles when he said that Dick split from Batman because Batman became a killer, yet nothing in the show outright confirms this and when Batman finally appears, Dick is shocked that he violates his one "no-kill" rule against both criminals and cops. Even then, this is all inside Dick's head courtesy of Trigon. Though to be fair, given all the changes the show has gone through behind the scenes, Thwaites' comment may be less a "lie" and more of a What Could Have Been.
  • McLeaned: The reason why Hank Hall is killed off in the third episode of season three is due to his actor Alan Ritchson leaving the show to star in Prime Video's Jack Reacher TV series.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • A very weird example wherein two separate actors have simultaneously been cast for the same part. Bruno Bichir was cast as Niles Caulder/The Chief for the episode that introduces his team, while Timothy Dalton is portraying him on his own show.
    • For many reasons, including the change of genre from animation to live-action, most foreign dubs has also changed the voice actors from previous incarnations:
      • The Latin American Spanish one is a very brutal one, as the dub were switched out from Venezuela (animated series) to Mexico (live-action).
      • The Japanese one is also pretty notorious on this, as it also replaced all the long-time voice actors from the Teen Titans's era, considering they also dubbed them in both Teen Titans Go!, Young Justice and most Japanese dubs of the DCAU. The only exception is Yūki Kaji as Robin, as he already voiced him before in Batman Ninja, although as the Damian Wayne iteration of Robin instead of Dick Grayson.
      • Mostly averted by the Brazilian dub, in which, of the four protagonists, only Raven didn't have a Role Reprise (check below for more info), mostly because the character is much younger here than in other media.
  • Real-Life Relative: In the Latin American Spanish dub, Raven and Starfire's voice actresses (Verania and Mariana Ortiz) are daughter and mother in Real Life.
  • Role Reprise: A very interesting cross-continuity one happens in the Latin American Spanish dub: Bruce Wayne is voiced by Sergio Gutierrez Coto, who already voiced him in the dubs of The Dark Knight Trilogy films, through only in the first season, since Gerardo Reyero voices him in the second one.
    • As mentioned above, the Brazilian dub reprises the voices of the main team, except for Raven.
      • Gar and Kory got the same voices from Teen Titans: Charles Emmanuel and Luisa Palomanes, respctively. It works well because they use their natural voices here, while, in the cartoon, they raised the pitch.
      • Dick was voiced by Sergio Cantú, the voice actor of his Nightwing version in the second season of Young Justice.
      • Ricardo Schnetzer had not only voiced Slade in the Teen Titans cartoon, but he had also voiced previous live-action versions of Slade as well, in Arrow and in The Stinger of the movie Justice League (2017).
      • Speaking of which, Jorge Lucas, who had voiced Batman in the DC Extended Universe, voices Bruce Wayne here.
  • Saved from Development Hell: After TNT scrapped the project, WB and DC revived it for DC's new streaming service.
  • Spoiled by the Cast List: A variation. Many of the characters appearing in the show (such as Arsenal, Donna Troy, Elasti-Girl, the Jason Todd Robin, Solstice and even Batman) have been spoiled by casting breakdowns that, while they've tried to be vague on who they are, were pretty obvious to anyone familiar with the comics.
  • "Take That!" Tit-for-Tat: The promo "To Deadpool With Love" responds to the joke from Deadpool 2 about DC being too dark.
  • What Could Have Been: The show suffered so many changes that it needed its own page in this matter.
  • You Look Familiar:
    • Stuntman Joel Labelle, who played one of the thugs beaten down by Dawn in the first season, appeared in the second season as the prosecutor assassinated by Deathstroke.
    • Actress Sistah Lois portrays a liquor store cashier named Jan in season 1, while in season 2 she portrays a cook working at Elko's Diner.

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