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2003 Robin: When I first met you, I thought you were weird and annoying...
2013 Robin: ...And?
2003 Robin: And you are.

Teen Titans Go! vs. Teen Titans is a 2019 animated Direct to Video Intra-Franchise Crossover film between the television series Teen Titans Go! and Teen Titans.

When the two animated incarnations of the Teen Titans are seemingly summoned by a new Master of Games in order to judge which version of the team is superior, they soon discover the contest was fabricated by the 2013 iteration of Trigon, who uses his daughter's recent Power Incontinence in order to resurrect his 2003 counterpart. After the two Trigons kidnap both Ravens in order to sap their energy, the two teams must set aside their differences in order to rescue their friends and prevent the demons from using their newfound power to conquer the multiverse.

The film debuted at San Diego Comic-Con on July 21, 2019. It later released digitally on September 24, 2019, followed by a DVD/Blu-ray release on October 15, 2019. The official trailer can be viewed here.

Teen Titans Go! vs. Teen Titans provides examples of:

  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: 2003 Cyborg takes a more serious tone in this movie. While he does smile from time to time, he's more the Straight Man to 2013 Cyborg, who takes 2003 Cyborg's silliness. Though in 2003 Cyborg's defense, one of his best friends was captured and the universe was in peril at the time.
  • Adaptational Comic Relief: Downplayed; the 2003 Trigon is still threatening and a Knight of Cerebus but he is much sillier in this movie, albeit mostly as The Comically Serious, such as demanding a soda when he is thirsty and as a result losing both Ravens when drinking it.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Contrasting his role as the serious, responsible leader from the original series, 2003 Robin is shown to enjoy teasing the 2013 Titans, calling them "Baby Titans" and repeatedly taunting the other Robin during their fight. He is the only one to not show any genuine respect for his alternate self at the end of the movie, calling 2013 Robin weird and annoying, though he does tell him he needs several more years of training before becoming a true hero.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: 2003 Beast Boy is shown training with Cyborg at the 2013 Titans Tower. He generally acts more serious than he did in the original series. This could be because of character development though, or the fact that the 2003 Titans being more serious is part of the joke.
  • Adaptational Superpower Change: 2003 Cyborg can fly using jet engines installed on his back and feet, an ability which he had never displayed in his own cartoon. He can also shapeshift his body into a variety of weapons and vehicles, when originally he was only capable of transforming his arms into cannons.
  • Adapted Out: The DC Animated Movie Universe Titans consist of Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy, Blue Beetle and Damian Wayne. For the sake of consistency, the last two are omitted from this film and replaced by Cyborg (who is a member of the Justice League in that universe) and Dick Grayson (who is a solo vigilante that is only associated with the Titans due to being in a relationship with Starfire).
  • Agony of the Feet: After the Ravens have been weakened, they are forced to walk. As 2013 Raven is used to floating everywhere, her feet quickly become so sore and blistered they break through her shoes.
  • Alliance of Alternates: The entire premise of this crossover is of the 2003 Teen Titans joining forces with the 2013 Teen Titans, and later of every version of the Titans in the multiverse.note 
  • Always Someone Better: The 2003 Titans compared to the 2013 Titans. The 2003 Titans dismiss the 2013 Titans as baby versions of themselves, while the 2013 Titans are jealous of how competent and respected their 2003 selves are. The point where this trope really comes into play is when they meet their even more mature DC Animated Movie Universe counterparts, causing the Cyborg from Go! to have a good laugh at the expense of their 2003 counterparts.
    Go! Cyborg: Like, compared to him, you're a silly little joke-man, like me! Except worse! Because you try to be serious. You just failin' at it!
  • Arc Words: "Leveling up." Mainly used by the 2013 Titans to demonstrate that someone's gaining extra power, like Raven or Trigon.
  • An Arm and a Leg: 2003 Trigon is revived minus a leg because he wasn't able to fully absorb 2013 Raven's demon powers. It grows back once he gets the rest of her powers.
  • Anachronism Stew: One of the worlds visited by the Titans teams, first seen in the TTG! episode "Classic Titans", resembles the animation style of the 1960s Filmation DC Comics cartoons. However, while there was a Titans cartoon at that time, it used the original line up (Speedy, Kid Flash, Aqualad and Wonder Girl — Robin couldn't appear as Filmation didn't have the Batman license at the time). Beast Boy wouldn't be a Titan until the creation of Titans West and Starfire, Raven and Cyborg wouldn't appear until the '80s.
  • Art Shift: The alternate Earths and their inhabitants are drawn in their respective art style.
  • Attack Pattern Alpha: Not a surprise coming from the 2003 Titans. Later subverted when 2013 Cyborg tries to invoke one and then has to explain the maneuver aloud. 2003 Cyborg hollers at him that they have to agree on such code names first, at which point 2013 Cyborg admits that he thought they were just using meaningless words.
  • Back from the Dead: 2013 Trigon is able to revive the 2003 Trigon by stealing 2013 Raven's powers.
  • Backported Development: Much like the DC Animated Universe Batman in Justice League vs. The Fatal Five, the '03 Robin is seen at one point using a glider cape similar to the one used by Bats in The Dark Knight Trilogy and the whole Batfamily (sans Dick as Nightwing) in the Batman: Arkham Series.
  • Beam-O-War: The two Starfires had one of these in their initial confrontation using Starbolts from their thumbs.
  • Beat Without a "But": At the end of the movie when the two Robins go their separate ways, 2003 Robin seems like he changed his opinions on 2013 Robin, but just confirms his initial suspicions.
    2003 Robin: When I first met you, I thought you were weird and annoying...
    2013 Robin: ... And?
    2003 Robin: And you are.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: 2013 Trigon may be a sillier version of the character but he's still Trigon. After being insulted one time too many, he shows just how dangerous he can be by absorbing 2003 Trigon.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: The 2003 and 2013 versions of Trigon are the main antagonists of the movie, and they want to enslave the Multiverse.
  • Both Sides Have a Point: The '03 Titans criticize their '13 counterparts for being silly and jerkish, while the latter criticize the former for failing to be truly serious Titans when they both encounter their PG-13 rated DC Animated Movie Universe Counterparts.
  • Brick Joke:
    • The Go! versions of Cyborg and Beast Boy ask the Master of Games if steampunk and mermaid versions of the Titans exist within the multiverse. Despite the latter saying no, they do end up encountering them.
    • When the 2013 Trigon tries to convince his Raven to join him, he tells her to abandon the humans, alien and whatever Robin is, he assumes a wombat. When the Go! Titans are leaving, Go! Starfire says she'll miss the 2003 Starfire due to being the only alien on a team of humans and whatever Robin is. She also assumes a wombat.
  • Brought Down to Normal: 2013 Raven, who has her powers drained to revive 2003 Trigon. This causes her to suffer O.O.C. Is Serious Business as, without her demon powers, her personality goes 180.
  • Butt-Monkey: 2013 Robin, as usual. He's possessed by Gentleman Ghost and beaten to a pulp by his own friends; has his VR training session hijacked by the other Titans so they can humiliate him; is on the receiving end of a Curb-Stomp Battle with 2003 Robin; and suffers a painful crash to the ground when the Titans are falling from the sky and don't bother flying him to safety. The humiliation only gets worse from there, as everybody, including his own teammates, repeatedly tells to his face that he is nothing but a joke when compared to his 2003 self. During the film's conclusion, he ultimately fails to earn the other Robin's respect and is given a passive-aggressive "The Reason You Suck" Speech as they return to their respective dimensions.
  • The Cameo:
    • Both versions of Terra appear in the song "We Are Teen Titans": the 2013 Beast Boy is seen flirting with 2013 Terra, and after that 2003 Beast Boy mentions that his Terra died, complete with an image of her Taken for Granite.
    • Several other counterparts, including not just the Animated film versions, but also the comic book versions, as well as the Tiny Titans.
    • When the Master of Games explains the Worlogog, numerous Batmen in silhouette are seen. Of them are the DC Animated Universe, Beware the Batman, Adam West, The Batman, the Evil Counterpart Owlman and the TTG! versions.
    • Both Mr. Mxyzptlk and Green Lantern/Hal Jordan can be seen imprisoned in cages in the Trigons' lair. Given the former resembles the DC Animated Universe version and the film features the multiverse, it isn't hard to believe that is the same character. Superman Reborn reveals that all versions of Mxyzptlk are simply the comic version visiting other realities.
  • Cannibalism Superpower: Both 2013 versions of Trigon and Raven become more powerful by eating their alternate selves.
  • Canon Discontinuity: TTG!'s crew doesn't consider the film to be canon.
  • Cast as a Mask: The Master of Games is voiced by Rhys Darby. It turns out this is a disguise for 2013 Trigon, who's voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson.
  • Continuity Nod: To both 2003 and 2013 series:
    • 2003 Beast Boy recalls that he last saw Terra Taken for Granite.
    • 2003 Raven mentions defeating her father once and for all.
    • 2013 Cyborg mentions to 2003 Cyborg that he once contained a waffle machine, and the time 2013 Trigon gave him a puppy for a hand.
  • Crisis Crossover: Of several different alternate universe Titans, including those from the comics.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass:
    • Despite being presented as a fool much like the rest of her team, 2013 Starfire manages to beat her 2003 counterpart in a fair battle (albeit a thumb war) and is only taken out of the titular fight herself when she hesitates to attack 2003 Robin.
    • 2013 Beast Boy quickly realizes that his cartoonish transformations are hopeless against his 2003 self's realistic ones, so he instead morphs into a Ridiculously Cute Critter and tricks the other Beast Boy into picking him up, after which he becomes a whale and crushes his opponent, winning the round.
  • Cursed with Awesome: 2013 Cyborg chastises 2003 Cyborg for thinking his robotic body was a curse.
  • Darker and Edgier: The 2013 Titans think the 2003 Titans are this, until they meet the DCAMU Titans.
  • The Dog Bites Back: After being insulted one too many times, 2013 Trigon forcibly eats 2003 Trigon, absorbing his power and forming a One-Winged Angel.
  • The Dragon: Even though it's supposed to be a Big Bad Duumvirate, 2013 Trigon puts himself in this position to his 2003 self. At least until he's had enough and absorbs him.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Both Starfires really delights in the sight of the 2016 Robin from Justice League vs. Teen Titans. Leading to the two other Robins to leave unanimously.
    2013!Starfire: And they have an even more handsome Robin...
    2003!Starfire: Yeah...
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: When 2013 Cyborg confirms to the 2003 Robin they're facing the 2013 Trigon, he immediately panics as he realizes the hands holding the Ravens captive belong to 2003 Trigon.
  • Fate Worse than Death: After Hexagon is defeated, 2003 Trigon loses his corporeal form while 2013 Trigon is sent to a dimension where everyone is a zombie... including himself.
  • Fighting Across Time and Space: The two teams of Titans steal the Worlogog from Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus and use a vehicle made from the two Cyborgs to fly through a portal created by the Worlogog, but the Santas follow them through on their sled into the space between dimensions. The Santas chase the Titans through portals to various alternate Earths and we get to see several alternate dimensions and their versions of the Teen Titans. These versions are from other official DC media, past Teen Titans Go! episodes, and hypothetical alternate Earths theorized by Beast Boy and Cyborg earlier in the film.
  • Flat "What": This funny bit near the end:
    2003!Raven: You have to eat me.
    [after a dramatic pause]
    2013!Raven: What?
  • Forced Prize Fight: The Master of Games pits the 2003 and 2013 Titans against each other to prove which is the best version of the team. The 2003 Titans are told that their planet is at stake, while 2013 Robin happily accepts for a chance to prove himself.
  • Forgot About His Powers: When the two teams fall out of the sky, the 2013 team panics and flails around, while the 2003 team sighs and flies to safety (2003 Robin uses his cape as a glider). Upon seeing this, the 2013 team remembers they can fly and do so, except for 2013 Robin who crashes painfully onto the tower's roof.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: In 2013 Robin's VR training, his avatar does not wear his usual outfit.
  • Fusion Dance:
    • 2013 Trigon merges with 2003 Trigon to become Hexagon.
    • Raven likewise merges with every alternate version of herself to fight Hexagon as "The Unkindness".
  • The Heart: Starfire as always, the two teams only start working together when both versions sing a song that they're all Teen Titans and should work together instead of being at each other's throats.
  • The Heavy: Like Slade before him, 2013 Trigon serves as this for the movie. From planning and executing 2003 Triton's resurrection by draining 2013 Raven's powers to finding the Ravens after their escape, and absorbing his counterpart to become Hexagon and even then his personality remains after the fusion. He's the most active threat that both Titans from 2003 and 2013 face.
  • Hey, That's My Line!: During the fight between both versions of the Teen Titans, 2003 Cyborg shoots 2013 Cyborg's head out of his Arm Cannon while shouting "Booyah!":
    2013 Cyborg: That's my line!
    2003 Cyborg: (smirking) Mine first.
  • "Hey, You!" Haymaker: A lovely example when Go!Cyborg figures out the Worlogog and transports everyone to the correct dimension to confront Trigon.
    "What up big T! Check out this fist I made!"
  • Irony: In a meta-sense, at one point the "Go" versions make fun of the '03 Titans after seeing the DCAMU versions, claiming they were trying to be a knockoff serious version of them. While funny, the irony comes from the fact that if it wasn't for the '03 version, the "Go" Titans wouldn't exist at all since they're a spin-off from the '03 show. At the same time though, the '03 Titans and their fans calling their Go! counterparts childish after said DCAMU versions show up, and then when they travel to the Tiny Titans universe.
  • I Taste Delicious: 2013 Raven admits she tastes surprisingly good after eating every alternative version of herself because of 2003 Raven's plan.
  • Improvised Parachute: 2003 Robin's cape seems to be upgraded in the interim, where now it can be used as a makeshift chute when the Titans are falling from the stratosphere after Trigon blows up the arena. The Go! version of Robin though...
  • Informed Attribute: Despite 2013 Cyborg repeatedly calling his other self the "serious version" of the character, 2003 Cyborg isn't that different from him: He can also transform his body in comically cartoonish ways, one of the weapons he stores inside his body is a water balloon, and he is overjoyed once he realizes that Santa Claus exists in the Go! universe.
    • The emphasis on the seriousness of any particular team seemed to start on the TV show as a running Take That! joke from TTG's staff resenting being compared to the original series, a joke not necessarily received warmly by fans. The movie, more diplomatically, points out any version of the Titans are as campy as needs allows and it's all relative.
  • Inherently Funny Words: The Go! versions of Starfire, Beast Boy, and Cyborg find "Worlogog" fun to say. They get their 2003 versions in on it through song.
  • Intra-Franchise Crossover: Between the 2003 Titans and the 2013 Titans, and also with every single version of the Titans across the Multiverse, including the 80's comic and DC Animated Movie Universe.
  • Knight of Cerebus: 2003 Trigon. While he is The Comically Serious, his presence raises the stakes of this movie. When 2013 Trigon eats 2003 Trigon to become Hexagon, things get more dangerous.
  • Left Hanging: The Stinger of Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, with the 2003 Titans desperately attempting to "find a way back" from something, isn't really followed up on or acknowledged within this movie. Though they could have been talking about being captured by the Master of Games/the Trigons.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: During the Tournament of Titans, both 2003 and 2013 teams go at it, but are unaware why the other's fighting - the 2003 team thinks they're fighting to save their Earth, the 2013 team thinks they're fighting to prove who's the best. 2003 Robin tries to get his tiny counterpart to stop fighting, but he's so into trying to beat him that he gives up and easily defeats him.
  • Manchild: The overweight fan who says that Teen Titans Go! ruined his childhood is portrayed as a bald middle-aged man wearing a My Little Pony shirt. When 2003 Robin triumphs over his 2013 self, the fan can be seen shedding tears of joy and cheering like an enthusiastic child.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": Both teams of Titans collectively reacts in panic when 2013!Trigon devours his 2003 counterpart and turn into Hexagon.
  • Medium Awareness: 2003 Raven's reason for having 2013 Raven eat the other Ravens to gain their power is "my mouth won't animate that big".
  • Meet Your Early-Installment Weirdness: The Go! Titans are left confused and at times even jealous by their 2003 counterparts who are far more serious and better at being superheroes. Both 2013 and 2003 Robins hate each other greatly while the other Titans slowly bond over their similarities, parting ways amicably at the end of the film while 2003 Robin keeps making fun of his 2013 self.
  • Mirror Character: Both Robins show jealousy when their Starfires find the Animated Movie Universe Dick Grayson more handsome. Though 2003 is more discreet about it. It is the ONLY thing they actually agree on in the movie.
  • Mood Whiplash: The loud and energetic "We Are Titans" song has a single verse where Beast Boy somberly reminisces of Terra's sacrifice in the 2003 series.
  • My God, You Are Serious!: 2003 Cyborg is shocked that the 2013 Titans were serious about getting a Worlogog from Santa, who's a recurring antagonist in Go!.
  • Never My Fault: 2003 Trigon decides to hold the Ravens captive by holding them in his fists. This enables the two girls to easily escape the demon, as they trick him into opening his hands to grab a soda. Despite their plan only working due to his own stupidity, Trigon immediately blames his 2013 self for letting them get away with it.
  • Non-Serial Movie: The crew working on the movie put it out of continuity and declared it non-canon.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: After both universes' Trigons absorb 2013 Raven's inner demon with the goal of dominating the multiverse, she absorbs the power of dozens of alternate universe Ravens to reclaim it from them. Once reabsorbing it, she speaks with it in her mind, apologizing for how she's spent her entire life fearing it and keeping it imprisoned. They agree to share her powers equally, permanently merging, and from then on the gem is absent from her head. This is probably the main reason why the movie isn't considered canon by the crew.
  • Not So Above It All:
    • 2003 Cyborg is generally 2013 Cyborg's Straight Man, but even he was overjoyed that Santa exists in the Go! universe.
    • 2003 Trigon of all people shows a goofier side in this movie. The Ravens manage to escape his grasp by making him feel thirsty, forcing him to let them go so he can grab himself a soda to quench it.
    • 2003 Beast Boy can't resist 2013 Beast Boy's cute kitten face and falls for it, right before the latter turns into a whale and crushes him.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: The 2013 Trigon is generally much laxer and nicer than the 2003 Trigon, which makes it a shock when the 2013 Trigon forcibly absorbs the 2003 Trigon when he's had enough of the 2003 version mocking him.
  • One-Winged Angel: After being pushed too far, 2013 Trigon eats 2003 Trigon and transforms into Hexagon.
  • Other Me Annoys Me:
    • The male members of 2003 and 2013 Titans do not get along at first but slowly bond. The Robins especially do not like each other, more on 2003 Robin's part than 2013's, being put off by his personality, and are the only members of either teams to not show respect towards each other when they part ways.
    • This holds true for the Trigons as well, with 2003 Trigon ordering 2013 Trigon around like a servant.
  • Overly-Long Gag: In the opening, the sequence where Starfire slowly pours Silkie some food lasts for about 20 seconds.
  • Padding: Lampshaded in-universe by 2013 Beast Boy and Cyborg after the admittedly superfluous Worlogog song.
  • Poor Communication Kills: The Master of Games (2013 Trigon) tells the 2013 Titans that the battle is to see who is the best team, while the 2003 Titans are told that their world would be destroyed. Neither of them know this, which is the main reason why the two Robins butt heads.
  • Power Incontinence: 2013 Raven's gem is damaged, which allows her inner demon to manifest if she uses her powers. When she's the last Titan standing on her team, she's forced to fight. This is exactly what the Master of Games wants.
  • Pun: A few, including Hexagon and the Protein Titans.
  • Rage Breaking Point: For the majority of the movie, 2013 Trigon has been taking 2003 Trigon's insults with relative calmness... right up until the latter gives him a "The Reason You Suck" Speech. At which point, 2013 Trigon stops messing around and eats his former partner, becoming a serious threat to both teams.
    2013 Trigon: I have had about enough of you!
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: 2003 Trigon finally snaps against 2013 Trigon, calling him a silly and pathetic joke like everything else from his world.
  • Running Gag: Titan Tower being damaged. About half of the towers the 2003 and 2013 Titans encounter are damaged in some manner, mainly because of the teams recklessly jumping through different universes and having the Tower right in their immediate path of travel. This is on top of the abuse the 2013 Tower usually sees. It reaches its climax in the initial moments of battle with both Trigons, during which the 2003 Tower is struck.
    2003 Robin: "Oh, come on!"
  • Self-Deprecation: A given considering that Teen Titans Go! makes up one half of the crossover. The movie pokes fun at how popular in ratings and hated by fans of the 2003 series TTG is.
  • Shout-Out: The final scene where all the Titans from across The Multiverse get summoned to help, they are referred to as the "Titans on Infinite Earths".
    • The Starfires' rap duet has them channeling Salt-N-Pepa.
  • Spoiler Opening: The opening spoils that Trigon is behind the events of the movie and that the Titans will journey across the multiverse, meeting other versions of themselves in the process.
  • The Stinger: The 2013 Teen Titans try to relax and are just completely annoyed by an Apokolyptian invasion.
  • Surprise Santa Encounter: While Santa Claus is already a recurring character in the Go! universe, his brief appearance in the 2016-verse (from Justice League vs. Teen Titans) prompts this reaction from the 2016 Titans, since their universe presumably doesn't have a Santa.
    2016!Robin: Is that... Santa Claus?
  • Take That!:
    • When the two teams meet the Animated Movie Universe Titans, the 2013 Titans unanimously agree that those are the "real serious Titans" and mock their 2003 selves for it.
    • Subverted with the "We Are Titans" musical number. When the song starts, it looks as if the two teams are about to roast each others' shows, with 2003 Starfire ridiculing the new Titans' flat design, and her 2013 self poking fun at the ratings for the older series plummeting during its final seasons. However, the following verses ultimately acknowledge that each show has its own merits and shower them both with praise instead.
    • The Stinger seems to put a few jabs at Justice League (2017) with the Titans not really caring about Darkseid's invasion (except for Cyborg).
  • Take That, Critics!: Par for the course for Teen Titans Go!. One of the spectators watching the 2003 and 2013 Titans battle each other is a fat sweaty man wearing a Pretty Pretty Pegasus T-shirt, holding an anti-Teen Titans Go sign over his head and screaming that the 2013 Titans ruined his childhood.
  • Talk to the Fist: The Robins do this to each other several times. For example, in their first meeting, 2013 Robin tries Calling Your Attacks with various martial arts moves, only to get punched out while he is talking.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Initially, the 2003 and 2013 Titans don't get along well, but they gradually get to bond with each other and eventually save the world.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: 2013 Silkie vomits up half-digested garbage for a solid five seconds when 2003 Starfire points out he shouldn't be eating so much of it.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Inverted Trope. At the end of the film, 2003 Robin refuses to give the 2013 Titans their Worlogog back, thus preventing them from ever leaving their own universe.