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After defeating Trigon, the Teen Titans are soon joined by a new member, Terra, a young girl who can control earth, but is she all that she seems to be?

A movie in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies line and part of the DC Animated Movie Universe, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract is a sequel to Justice League vs. Teen Titans and an adaptation of The Judas Contract. In addition to the returns of Sean Maher as Nightwing, Staurt Allen as Robin, Taissa Farmiga as Raven, Jake T. Austin as Blue Beetle, Brandon Soo Hoo as Beast Boy, and Kari Wahlgren as Starfire, it features Christina Ricci as Terra and Miguel Ferrer in one of his last roles as Deathstroke.

See the trailer and a preview. Released April 4, 2017 (Digital HD) and April 18, 2017 (DVD/Blu-ray).


Tropes in this film:

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade:
    • Damian slices through the cannons on Hive's mechs with ease.
    • Deathstroke's sword can cut through boulders in a single swipe.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Back in Justice League vs. Teen Titans, Raven's skin color was gray like her other animated counterpart. But here, her skin is noticeably less gray which looks almost closer to her previous incarnation.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: In the comics, while Jaime's family were uncomfortable with the fact he was bonded with the Scarab, they were able to reconcile very quickly. In the film, two years have past after Jaime bonded with the Scarab and there's still lingering issues with the situation. Especially from Jaime's dad who still isn't comfortable with it.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Terra's still evil, but she's not the sociopath she was in the comics. Rather, Deathstroke saved her from a bunch of bigots planning to murder her and took her in. She even uses her powers to send Beast Boy away when she brings Blood's lair down on herself and Deathstroke. How evil the original was, scaring even Slade at times, can't be overstated. Unlike in the comics, she actually apologizes to Beast Boy for what she did.
  • Adaptational Karma:
    • In the comics, Deathstroke was tried for his part in kidnapping the Titans, but he got off scott-free due to his connections, talked down an angry Beast Boy who wanted to murder him, and encouraged the Titans to take in his two more heroic children. There's none of that here; if he survives Terra bringing rubble down on him, he's in for a lot of pain and legal repercussions.
    • To a more minor extent, Terra's betrayal in the comics was covered up, and the Titans maintained that she died a hero. This had serious repercussions when in a Bad Future a villain decided to recreate the exact plot with a new girl and new Titans. Here, while Terra is given Due to the Dead, it's also established that the public knows the gist of what happened, and that she was a Mole.
  • Adapted Out:
    • Aqualad and Wonder Girl don't appear with the original Titans team when seen in a flashback. Wonder Girl does, however, have a cameo at the end where it's revealed she has joined the Titans after Terra's death. This is her first animated Titans appearance, after being the only Bronze Age Titan who didn't get at least a guest spot on the TV series.
    • Cyborg was a part of the original Judas Contract storyline in the comics. Here, in this modernized retelling, he's a member of the Justice League, thus has no connection to the Titans and has no role in the storyline. His effective replacement is Blue Beetle.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Slade loves no one in this version; Terra is a pawn to him, we don't see his family anywhere, and he doesn't have any redeeming moments whatsover. To seal the deal, he sells out Terra to Brother Blood.
  • All Your Powers Combined: Brother Blood's final plan is to leech the Teen Titans of their powers. He gets halfway there, failing to drain them completely but still getting their powers.
  • Animated Adaptation: Of The Judas Contract, and the Church of Blood story that preceded it.
  • Artistic License – Biology: There's no way Damien could stalemate a much larger, more muscular Slade in a clash of swords, even under normal circumstances, let alone when the latter is larger and superpowered.
  • Back from the Dead: In Son of Batman, Deathstroke was trapped in the self-destructing base that Batman and Robin escaped from. Here, he's alive and well. Robin, in his first confrontation with him in the movie, suggests a Lazarus Pit was responsible, something that Deathstroke confirms.
  • Badass Boast:
    Brother Blood: No, you stay away from me! You demon filth!
    Raven: They are not demons. Let me show you one....
  • Badass Normal: Damien and Dick. More so Damien, who for some reason can compete in a battle of strength against a much larger and superpowered Slade.
  • Battle Couple: Dick and Starfire. Terra and Garfield tend to back each other up, too, though their official "coupleness" isn't exactly solid.
  • Beauty = Goodness: Lampshaded. In the flashback to when Starfire arrived on Earth, the Titans argue over helping her or the ones attacking her. Bumblebee thinks the choice is obvious, so Speedy counters that looks can be deceiving. Robin decides to help Starfire after her attackers manage to knock her out.
    Kid Flash: And the fact that she's hot has nothing to do with it.
  • The Berserker: Usually Terra holds back with her powers because the wrong move could get people hurt in the backlash. But then in the climax, when she's raging against Slade for betraying her, she no longer cares and becomes a One-Woman Army.
  • Big Bad: Brother Blood, who hires Deathstroke and pits him against the Titans.
  • Blood Bath: Brother Blood bathes in the blood of a reporter who called his group a cult. It's what keeps him young.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Jericho gets this when he's finished testing the Power Copying machine. It doesn't stick.
  • Brick Joke:
    Damian: "Hey, Papa! Here's your pipe!"
  • Broken Bird: Terra, who was nearly murdered as a witch as a child.
  • The Cameo:
    • Jericho has a short, non-speaking role (obviously) in which he's used as a test subject for Blood's Power Copying machine then killed by Mayhem once he's finished proving it works. He revives in The Stinger, implicitly possessing his ability to Body Surf through eye contact.
    • The female volunteer that Jaime meets is actually Traci Thirteen. Though, she doesn't show any of her magical abilities.
  • Casting Gag: Blue Beetle is voiced by Jake T. Austin while his mother is voiced by Maria Canals Barrera . This wouldn't be the only time they're mother and son .
  • Character Development: For one of the throwaway DCUO cash-cow movies, this film spends a surprising amount of time focusing on the Titans' personal lives and relationships with one another, allowing everyone (except maybe Damian and Raven, who got their spotlight in previous movies) to grow as individuals and overcome some personal demons.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Jaime's aunt Consuela apparently. She brought out the birthday cake too early.
  • Death Equals Redemption: The Titans might have forgiven Terra knowing the kind of monster Deathstroke is, depending on how much time they had to deal with their grief, but she couldn't forgive herself for betraying the team, and feels like she has no place in the world now with Deathstroke having betrayed her. She destroys Brother Blood's lair and stops Beast Boy from saving her, though she apologizes to him. While the team doesn't cover up her actions, Beast Boy points out that she did the right thing in the end.
  • De-Power: Raven uses her dark magic to drain all of Blood's stolen power and his immortality.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Brother Blood's most devoted follower would shoot him.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Beast Boy dug Terra out of the rubble; she was still alive when he found her. Then she passed away, and no one could save her.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Blood kills the reporter who called his religion a cult and bathes in his blood.
  • Dramatic Dislocation: Dick, after his fight with Slade.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Despite being the leader, Starfire is upset that the other Titans look up to Nightwing. She doesn't blame Nightwing for it, however. Turns out it's just insecurity: even Damian (the team's most critical member) holds her leadership in high regard.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Terra, but more specifically, "Traumatized and Brainwashed Cannot Comprehend Good." The reason she can't fully trust that the Titans care is genuine because she has already witnessed the worst of humanity, as much as her devotion to Deathstroke. She's also completely thrown off when the team doesn't blame her for losing control and nearly killing Garfield during training.
  • Evil Makeover: Terra gets one after going full-on traitor: evil haircut and dye job, evil eye-liner and eye-shadow, and new evil ear-piercings.
  • Eye Cam: A camera contact lens provides a few shots from this perspective.
  • Foreshadowing: Deathstroke warns Mayhem of an impending Titan attack and there's a new member on the team? Doesn't take much to connect those dots.
    Terra: I do all the dirty work.
  • First Kiss: One happens between Garfield and Tara, after he tells her that all of the Titans have had rough lives and it's that same pain is what allows them to be heroes. Also counts as Last Kiss because of Terra's betrayal and eventual suicide.
  • Genre Savvy: Robin tries to bait Slade into letting him go so they can fight, but he laughs and says he's no B-Movie Villain.
  • A God Am I: Brother Blood proclaims this after he's absorbed the powers of the Titans.
  • Good People Have Good Sex: Starfire nearly tells the team that Dick is "proficient" in the bedroom, only to be cut off by Dick.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Jaime's dad seems to set off the Scarab Armor, as it doesn't like his temper.
  • Idiot Ball:
    • Even though he claimed he was no B-Movie villain, Slade left Dick for dead without confirming the kill.
    • Even though Terra's role with the Titans came to an end, she still holds onto her phone, which ultimately allows Dick to track her.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Beast Boy makes a "beary" pun after knocking out a mook as a bear, which Terra groans at.
  • Lighter and Softer: The movie is rated PG-13 despite some materials from the comic that would classify it as rated R.
  • Long Game: Brother Blood's plan, which has spanned centuries.
  • Made of Iron: Damien and Dick, but especially Damien. He takes so much damage from super-powered Slade that, under more realistic conditions, his bones should all be mush.
  • Mercy Kill: Mayhem shoots Blood after he's been drained of his power by Raven, to spare him prison.
  • The Mole: Terra is working with Deathstroke to capture the Titans.
  • Mook Chivalry: A rare version on the heroes' side. After Blood absorbs all of the Titans' powers, their "fight" consists of the Titans repeatedly rushing at Blood one at a time, to no effect.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Terra is horrified when she realizes that the man she trusted, whom she saw as a father and lover, betrayed her and left her to die with the Titans. What's more, she seems to realize that the Titans in a year had more care for her well-being than Deathstroke had during her entire life, and she just betrayed them.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Nightwing this time around actually is sporting his New 52 costume. Of course, this costume with the bird being red can bring back unpleasant memories for some.
    • In the prologue, Gar's costume is wearing a cowl with purple horns, a reference to the unusual costume he wore back in the Doom Patrol/Titans West days.
    • Also appearing in the prologue, Gar is seen wearing the purple and black suit that Beast Boy wears in Teen Titans.
  • Never Speak Ill of the Dead: Beast Boy when talking about Terra refuses to badmouth her during the podcast. He has every reason to, given that she nearly got him and the whole team killed, but she also saved them when the chips came down.
  • Not So Different: Damian effortlessly deduces how Slade psychologically controls Terra through isolation and indoctrination. As a child groomed to be the successor as leader to the League of Assassins, he'd know.
  • Obi-Wan Moment: Slade gets this just before his death.
    Deathstroke: So long, kid.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Raven and Terra's battle utterly trashed the room they were in, but we don't see how it got that way, only that the latter won.
  • One-Man Army: Terra is this when going all out. Garfield's a bigtime sweeper, too.
  • Powers as Programs: Brother Blood uses a machine to successfully transfer the Titans' powers into himself in spite of their disparate sources: alien biology, alien technology, mutation, and magic from demonic heritage.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: It's set within the New 52-based movies and replacing Cyborg with Blue Beetle and features Damian Wayne. It also updates the Terra and Deathstroke relationship, to show that Terra has less culpability than she did in the comic and to not give Slade any redeeming moments.
  • Precious Puppy: Raven gets Damien a puppy at the end of the film, which is most likely meant to be Titus.
  • Properly Paranoid: Damian is convinced that something deeper than trauma is affecting Terra's behavior. It wasn't bad enough that he suspected she was a traitor, though. He even turned his back to her and told her to stay back so Slade couldn't hurt her.
  • Say My Name: Terra screams Slade's name.
  • Schmuck Bait: Beast Boy is tricked into going to a podcast with Kevin Smith where there's nothing but a Big Red Button labeled "Do Not Press!" Naturally, he presses it, which sends several sedative darts into his chest.
    Nightwing: [investigating the scene after the fact] Oh, come on, Gar!
  • Setting Update: From the 1980s to the 2010s.
  • Ship Tease: Again a little between Damian and Raven. Though it's less obvious than in JL v TT, they do share a certain intimacy and understanding with one another. She's also the only one who gets to call him out without him getting too nasty. It's most obvious at the end when Raven gives Damian a puppy.
  • Something Else Also Rises: When Terra kisses Beast Boy, her powers levitate a bunch of rocks.
  • The Stinger: Jericho heals from his headshot and his eyes glow.
  • Stripperific: Starfire's flashback costume, while still very conservative by comparison to her comic look, shows a lot more skin than her usual one in current media, more akin to her original comics costume.
  • There Are No Therapists: Terra's clearly suffering from some sort of trouble, not even counting the stuff the Titans don't know about, as her nightmares frequently cause her powers to shake the whole tower. Getting her any real help isn't entertained at any point.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Slade's reaction to Terra going apocalyptic on him after he betrayed her.
  • Together in Death: After shooting Blood, Mayhem holds his body after Blood's lair collapses on them.
  • Too Soon: In-universe. When Kevin Smith asked if Wonder Girl is replacing Terra after hearing stories about what happened to her, Beast Boy's expression falls. Kevin mentions the trope by name and tells Beast Boy he doesn't have to talk about it.
  • Uncanny Valley Makeup: Just to add to the Squick of the whole thing, Terra's face is caked in makeup when she tries seducing Slade.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Brother Blood begins ranting about his destiny while his lair is collapsing. He barely pauses as the Titans are beating him up in the middle of it.
  • Visual Innuendo: When Blue Beetle is at his job and goes into the closet, his coworker opens the door. Just pause the video and think about where his hand is.
  • Was It All a Lie?: Terra angrily asks Slade if she was just another test subject for him to study. A very understandable question, since he sold her out to Brother Blood and would have left her to die. Deathstroke tries to claim it was a misunderstanding, not really answering her question. It doesn't matter; when she's free, she goes on the rampage against him.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: We never do find out exactly how Slade managed to capture Starfire.
  • World of Snark: Everybody gets in a few good digs.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Nearly half of Mayhem's role in this film is shooting people once they're no longer of use. Since she's dealing with cult members, they just take this quietly. And in the end, Brother Blood learns the problem with having someone with this trope as her solution for everything as his right hand the hard way.


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