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The Spinoff Comics for the 2003-06 Series

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  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • The comics address the unfinished Terra arc, which caused an intense Broken Base, by having her brother Brion appear. He starts by attacking the Titans, mistakenly thinking they had corrupted Terra into invading and nearly destroying Jump City, and after he regains consciousness he only calms down after calling them out for not investigating who Terra was, since it turns out she was a runaway princess and he was worried sick about her. We also get confirmation that Schoolgirl is Terra, and she at least remembers Brion after glimpsing him.
    • Also, Issue 47 confirms that Robin is Dick Grayson, with his dead parents being the Flying Graysons, and settling the debate that was raging in the fandom for years.
  • Heartwarming Moments: Brion making sure Terra is safe and happy before letting her live her normal school life.
  • Moe: Young Beast Boy changing into a frog for his "mother" Elastigirl at bedtime.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Blackfire had committed a lot atrocities to her sister, but realizing she told Madame Rouge about their missing brother and impersonating him was the point where Starfire renounced her as family.
  • Unexpected Character: Who would have thought Batman would make a cameo, keeping an eye on Robin?
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The Animated Series

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  • Accidental Aesop: As one thread in Scans Daily pointed, some viewed "The Return of Slade" as commentary on misguided attempts to reintroduce famous products from the past with a darker tone in order to draw modern fans.
  • Accidental Innuendo:
    • In "Artful Dodgers":
    Starfire: Perhaps this is the year you will let Raven and I participate in the dodging of the balls!
    • Starfire gives us these two gems in "Halloween":
    Starfire: My quoltrap has never quivered so violently!
    Starfire: I hope my quoltrap never stops quivering!
    • From "Meatball Party":
    Cyborg: SHE'S GONNA EAT IT! SHE'S GONNA EAT IT!!!
    Beast Boy: Mmm-hmm! She's gonna eat it!
    Robin: EAT IT! SHE'S GONNA EAT IT!!!
    Starfire: Mmm-hmm! She's gonna eat it!
    • And again when Robin puts a time limit on the other Titans' use of the bathroom in "Serious Business":
    Robin: Remember, five minutes! I WILL BE WATCHING.
    • "Riding the Dragon":
    The Titans: We're gonna ride that dragon!!! That dragon!!!
  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: Despite Robin having a huge amount of hate, there are many who feel his punishment at times is a bit excessive and feel sorry for him, especially as the show seems to take particular glee in portraying him as a pathetic Loser Protagonist. Some fans also do not like how the other Titans seem all too willing to replace Robin as leader, whether with another leader, or one of their own numbers committing mutiny.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Is Silkie really as oblivious as he seems? Or was his perfect stealth take-down of what seems to be an entire criminal cartel the result of a keen strategic mind motivated by the love of a woman?
    • Is Beast Boy really a stupid, selfish jerk, or is he just a boy that needs education to tap into his potential?
    • What about Robin? Does he really want to be a good hero, looking for what's best in the city? Or a murderous psychopath who only beats villains for fame and glory? Also, is he over-controlling of his team because he's tired of being Batman's sidekick and he's afraid that someone on his team will take over (because they have powers)?
    • Raven. Do "Dreams" and "Campfire Stories" indicate she really wants to kill her friends? Or is she a tortured soul Surrounded by Idiots? Trigon implied that Raven actually used to be evil, but she later grew out of it.
    • Starfire. Why does she participate in mean-spirited activities that her friends do? Is it because she doesn't know any better? Or she's tired of her friends picking on her because she's nice?
    • Cyborg. Who was meant to be the only guardian of the Tower, and the only young adult member of group. Consider how he acts more like a teenager when he is around his friend Beast Boy, while also considering his origins about him being unwanted as he is a cyborg who is vengeful towards his father who was an engineer specialized in mechanics. All these factors leave him as a borderline Psychopathic Manchild who uses entertainment as an excuse to explain his somewhat childish or teen personality and block his traumatic memories out his database.
    • The Titans in general. Are they really heroes? Or are they just really power-hungry jerks who use the cover of being heroes as an excuse to get away with bullying villains who aren't even doing anything? Better yet: are they themselves villains who pretend to be heroes so they can get away with their criminal activity?
    • Also, are the Titans actively gunning for Robin's position just for the sake of having the position? Are they tired of him abusing them? Or do they genuinely believe Robin is mentally unfit for leadership and are doing it for his own good?
  • Animation Age Ghetto: A common lesson of several episodes, which flat out criticizes people for thinking animation can be anything other than cartoonish and for kids. This is one of the reasons why the show is considered Snark Bait, as even people who are forgiving of other perceived flaws don't like this very much.
  • Animation Bump: The animation upgrades from Teen Titans Go! To the Movies were carried over into the series with the start of Season 5.
  • Anvilicious: "Vegetables" has An Aesop about eating a balanced diet. Eating nothing but meat or vegetables is unhealthy.
  • Author's Saving Throw: A few episodes have been better-received than others:
    • After early episodes showed Beast Boy eating pizza that may or may not have contained meat, later episodes go out of the way to firmly establish he is indeed vegetarian and for the same reasons as the original series.
    • "Mouth Hole" appears to be a response to complaints about both Robin's Badass Decay and the former Ship Sinking of Robin/Starfire.
    • "Real Boy Adventures" appears to be a response to complaints about Cyborg's Badass Decay, and the controversy "Tower Power" stirred up where he enjoyed his loss of humanity.
    • Finally having Mammoth, See-More, and Billy Numerous speak in "The Hive Five", after two seasons of remaining silent.
    • "Squash and Stretch" spends most of its time discussing the use of violence in cartoons and where it is considered acceptable, which may very well have been done to appease complaints about some episodes having the Titans solve their problems or deal with people they don't like by using violence (though the said complaints are rendered ridiculous by the fact that the original series, by necessity of being an action-oriented show, still saw the Titans' problems being solved via punching at least 85% of the time, though the people they punched were usually villains who absolutely deserved it or attacked first). There is even a scene where the Titans beat up Robin and conclude that real-life violence isn't funny.
    • "Boys vs. Girls" was largely criticized for having the Titans being sexist without consequences to their behavior. As a possible response to this, the ending of "Operation: Dude Rescue" shows Robin being sexist but gets the appropriate outcome for his attitude.
    • Episodes like "The Return of Slade", "The Fourth Wall", and "Let's Get Serious" all take the time to acknowledge the criticisms lobbied against it by fans of the original show, but always end up placing blame back on said audience for "not getting the joke" or "taking things too seriously", making it look like the writers are immature and can't take criticism. "TTG v. PPG", The Powerpuff Girls (2016) crossover, on the other hand, goes out of its way to not only acknowledge the flaws of the show, but stays firm in the fact that yes, the Titans are all incompetent Jerkasses, and that's the comedy of the show, but delivers it in a way that isn't so insulting to detractors.
    • The Night Begins To Shine 4-parter was a TV Movie based on one of the only things some people liked about the show, and that was the Imagine Spot in the episode "40%, 40%, 20%" which was done in a different style from the rest of the show that looked close to the original Teen Titans cartoon. Unlike most of these examples, this one actually worked, with the final part of said movie being the top scripted show on cable the day it aired.
    • Nearly every episode where the Titans have Medium Awareness has been blasted for being shallow attacks on critics. The 200th episode, another meta and self-aware episode, was received somewhat better, as aside from one brief Take That! at the end, all the meta humor has to do with the making of the show rather than spiting the audience.
  • Awesome Music:
  • Awesome Art: "40% 40% 20%" was praised for its amazing artstyle, receiving the highest ratings of any episode so far. Even detractors of the show complimented the art of the episode.
  • Badass Decay: Most if not all the characters are, for comic book fans anyway, criminally incompetent:
    • Robin gets hit with this the hardest. In the original series, he was able to formulate a strategy to take down all of his teammates. Here? He was shown to be the weakest member of the team since he has no powers. Though this is mostly a case of Depending on the Writer as some episodes show that he is just as competent as he was in the original series.
    • Cyborg. "Ghost Boy" features a normal mountain lion mauling him to death. In the original series, and indeed several Go! episodes that aren't "Ghost Boy", he could withstand and rather handily beat up some of Beast Boy's stronger animal forms (e.g. in a fairly large, carnivorous dinosaur form, the BB clone Trigon created wasn't able to even scratch Cyborg's armor).
    • In the episode "In and Out", Mammoth, of all people, suffers this. Previous episodes established him as The Juggernaut, but this episode turns him into a weeping Butt-Monkey who gets beaten up by Robin.
    • Even Rose Wilson gets hit by this in her brief reappearance in the "Island Adventures" miniseries. Despite the show establishing her as a One Woman Army capable of effortlessly beating the Titans, even with Terra's help, Raven's able to take her down with little difficulty.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Pretty much all of the Titans have mixed reception due to the show's Broken Base status, although some characters' popularity have suffered more than others:
    • Beast Boy has been received differently across the fanbase. Some loved how his role as Plucky Comic Relief has been expanded, and see him being even more hilarious and his more worf-y and unfunny characterization aspects were toned down. While others don't take well how much of a jerk he has become, and that he doesn't even care he got the entire team killed with his pranks in "Ghost Boy". There's also mixed view about his design; some people find it cuter, while for others it adds to their annoyance over the character.
    • Starfire has become this as well. While some adore her for being the nicest and most innocent out of the Titans, there are those who despise her due to her gullibility being more evident in this incarnation, which causes her to act irritating and obnoxious like the rest of the Titans.
    • Terra was already a Base-Breaking Character in the original series, but is an even bigger case now. Many have not taken to her villainization well, while others are just happy with any appearance she gets and feel sorry for how she's depicted in this series.
    • Batman has very divided opinions, some love his random cameos and find them to be hilarious, others hate how the show only uses him for gag appearances.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
  • Bile Fascination: Many will say that the show is bad. Some watch it to see just how bad it is.
  • Broken Base:
    • Mostly concerning fans of the original series. Some genuinely love the current series and consider it a decent and funny follow-up in its own right; others, however, feel it completely misses the point of the original and has taken too many liberties with the characterizations, animation, and overall tone.
    • The episode "The Fourth Wall" is either considered an Author's Saving Throw in acknowledging that the show has many detractors and isn't considered as good as the original Teen Titans animated series or is seen as yet another shallow Take That, Critics! because of the Titans ultimately showing defiance against Control Freak's threat to reboot them again with their usual Jerkass tendencies and Toilet Humor.
    • While the episode "The Cape" has garnered a lot of hatred and accusations of being yet another jab at the detractors for being a Gag Dub of the original series' first episode, there are some who find the episode legitimately funny.
  • Comedy Ghetto: The focus on comedy has turned off plenty of fans from the original series and the comics.
  • Critical Backlash: The show is widely hated by some, particularly fans of the original series. But it does have defenders, some claiming that while the show has its share of flaws, it's not as bad as people say.
  • Critical Research Failure:
    • 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.).
    • "Kicking a Ball and Pretending to Be Hurt" has Robin stating that no one in the United States plays soccer. While obviously a "Take That!" joke, it's a pretty shallow and dated one (though Animation Lead Time had more to do with this).
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • Critic-Proof: Regardless of how much criticism, the show consistently pulls in high ratings. The main difference between the two groups is that the detractors are made up almost entirely of the Periphery Demographic, while a large chunk of the fanbase is made up of the intended target audience of kids 8 to 14. As a result of this, it is much easier to see the show be treated with scorn online, including on this very site.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: The second half of "Ghost Boy". Beast Boy takes his pranking too far. It eventually causes everybody to die, including Beast Boy himself, though he doesn't care.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: While the show is meant to be a Black Comedy Sadist Show with the Titans being Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonists, as mentioned many times above and below, one of the common complaints is that all the Titans have become completely selfish assholes towards one another, and it got to the point where even the villains call them out on their actions. With everyone being cruel towards their teammates, it is often the real villains who are more often liked by some viewers.
  • Designated Hero:
    • Though one could consider them Jerkass Woobies, The Titans themselves in countless episodes are only called "heroes" because they fight the "real" villains, and are otherwise devoid of any heroic intentions. Instances such as "Breakfast Cheese" and "Caged Tiger" depict them as Sociopathic Heroes who beat up villains for the fun of it, and use stopping crime as just an excuse for their acts of violence. "TTG v PPG" outright confirms this, establishing the Titans as "superheroes who do not care about stopping villains". Justified as the show usually exploits this for Black Comedy. This is even lampshaded in the episode "Serious Business" when Robin says that the Titans spend 3% of their time actually fighting crime. This is especially prominent with the male Titans, who are even more selfish, childish, and jerkish than the girls, constantly labeling them as harmless babies (when they would actually mop the floor with the Titans). The Titans also tend to pull a Starscream on Robin, though unlike the Decepticon, they tend to be more successful in usurping Robin's position.
      • Deconstructed in the episode "A Farce", where Brother Blood and the Brain take the Titans to court for their careless destruction of Jump City. They are all found guilty at the end of the episode. (Though at the same time that particular case was a setup.)
    • Special mention goes to Robin who displays several villain tendencies such as evil scheming, violent psychotic fits, and being prone to laughing evilly. He even acts as the episode's antagonist more frequently than actual villains do.
    • There are also times when Beast Boy and Cyborg fit this description well, and are portrayed as excessively selfish, lazy, childish, and willing to sink to any low in order to get what they want.
    • Aqualad is depicted as one as well. Instead of being a Friend to All Living Things, he treats his sea creatures like slaves.
    • Most of the other heroes in the TTG universe (Batman, Superman, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Speedy, Kid Flash, Commissioner Gordon, etc.) are no better and tend to be just as bad and jerky, sometimes even being bigger jerks than the Titans.
  • Designated Villain: Any episode where one or more Titans are treated as the sane ones will inevitably have them in the wrong, and it's the ones acting stupid and childish that are the episode's "good guys", with the Titan that's "in the wrong" eventually accepting and even joining in on their teammates' behavior. Robin and Raven in particular end up in this position a lot, though in Robin's case, there are an equal amount of episodes where he's legitimately being an asshole and the Titans disapproving him is reasonable.
    • The HIVE are this in several episodes where the Titans beat them up for seemingly no reason. "Breakfast Cheese" has the Titans beat them up for essentially standing around doing nothing. Particularly evident in "The HIVE Five" where each of them are just minding their own non-villainous business before one of the Titans will show up to ruin their time.
    • Dr. Light. In "Caged Tiger" after waiting on the boy Titans, he hangs out with the girl Titans and they actually manage to convince him to pull a Heel–Face Turn. Only for the boys to show up last minute and brutally beat him up anyway.
  • Die for Our Ship:
    • Terra for Beast Boy/Raven (big time).
    • As well as the alternative, Raven for Beast Boy/Terra.
    • Aqualad for pretty much any ship involving Raven or Terra including: Beast Boy/Raven, Beast Boy/Terra and Robin/Raven.
    • There's also Batgirl for Robin/Starfire.
  • Don't Shoot the Message:
    • Despite its poor execution and unintentionally insulting attitude towards fans of Young Justice, the message of "Let's Get Serious" that "Darker and Edgier doesn't mean it's better" isn't a bad message in itself. It's the fact that it was delivered in the form of yet another shallow Take That, Critics! that makes the message fall flat, coming across instead as being "silliness is the superior form of entertainment" instead of focusing on the quality of the content.
    • Similarly, "The Return of Slade" had a message that warns against viewing things through rose colored glasses and seeing them for something they never were. It is an obvious Take That! towards the fanbase that prefers the original, especially with the Bait-and-Switch with the supposed Slade showdown that was never shown, and has Beast Boy and Cyborg make a clown Darker and Edgier after being disappointed that it was more childish than they remembered; this ends up warping everything around them, including the episode of Pretty Pretty Pegasus Raven is watching. Indeed, this could have worked as a Take That! towards detractors who seemingly ignore that the original Teen Titans was on the younger and sillier side of the scale of modern era action cartoons, but was ultimately too overly generalistic and heavy-handed. Thankfully, "Classic Titans", a Super Friends spoof, did a much better job executing the message that "not all cartoons age well".
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Raven's emoticlones. Especially Passion/Purple, for the BB/Raven fans, as well as Pink.
    • Lady Legasus has been getting plenty of fan art as well.
    • Birdarang is well-liked for his square-ish demeanor and goofy voice.
    • Kaldur gained a lot of fans due to calling out the Titans with his "The Reason You Suck" Speech in "Let's Get Serious."
    • Rose Wilson is one of the most popular characters, due to being in one of the few serious, action-filled episodes, having great interactions with fan favorite Raven, and for being a total badass in her appearance and fighting style. Also, the way she disses the Titans can be taken as a Take That, Scrappy! moment. It helps that she's the closest thing we'll see to Slade due to the infamous "The Return of Slade". Her popularity led her to getting brought back in "Operation Dude Rescue".
  • Evil Is Cool:
    • Mad Mod. For being one of the few classic Teen Titans rogues to be true to his original series self. Also, unlike many of the other villains he does not undergo Badass Decay and is actually a successful villain, where he manages to drain the youth from all the Titans sans Raven.
    • Control Freak is this in spades. He's true to his original self, but what really makes him interesting is he provides an In-Universe explanation of the Teen Titans continuity being rebooted, explaining in the "Fourth Wall" that he reset reality and created the GO! continuity.
    • One of the reasons why Rose Wilson is so popular. While the majority of the villains are complete jokes that rarely pose a threat to the Titans, Rose is a snarky, ruthless, badass villain that has zero qualms with killing.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
    • In "Starfire the Terrible", Starfire when she turns into a villain. Well, she tries to, at least.
    • Jinx is this as well. Cyborg definitely thinks this.
    • Blackfire. Just listen to her voice.
    • Terra as well.
    • Kitten.
    • Rose Wilson. Her eyepatch and Peek-a-Bangs alone won her so many fans.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: One of the main criticisms against the series, though it can be difficult to tell which ones are meant to be taken seriously sometimes. It's especially harder for the intended audience to understand that there are ironic lessons.
    • The various episodes that deal with intelligence such as "Books", "Knowledge", and "Head Fruit" all come off as anti-intellectual with their implication that knowledge or stimulating your brain in any way is bad and possibly fatal for your health. "Knowledge" also carries the implication that intelligence makes you an insufferable, judgmental, overly-critical ass who no one wants to be friends with.
    • The start of "Nature" has Beast Boy being sophisticated and civilized for once, where his behavior immediately gets frowned upon by the others and he's encouraged to be more animalistic. Nearing the end of the episode, Beast Boy gets Mother Nature to grant civilization to the animals, where she heeds his instructions of disposing of all the trees, which carries the implication of deforestation being a positive thing.
    • "Real Magic" teaches that just because something is terrible, doesn't mean that you should hate it. This could be a good lesson in some cases, but the intended lesson was "don't criticize media that is legitimately bad."
    • "Boys vs. Girls" has been riddled with criticism about sexism and gender inequality. Initially the boys, especially Robin, behave very sexistly towards the girls labeling themselves inferior in every way. However, after a contest, where the girls dominate at everything with no explanation, Cyborg and Beast Boy decide to join the girls themselves. The episode ends by stating upfront that girls are better than boys. The depiction of "cooties" being a real thing is also in poor taste.
    • While "Smile Bones" technically gave an actual lesson at the very end ("chew your food"), the immensely disturbing lengths it goes to in order to reach that point pretty much renders having the lesson pointless. The episode features Beast Boy and Cyborg being even bigger assholes than usual by starving their friends to the point where they become malnourished. The episode then shows signs of the writers engaging in substance abuse when Beast Boy and Cyborg's bellies swell up to tremendous proportions, before sprouting arms and legs and taking on lives of their own. The bellies then engage in cannibalism and consume vast portions of the city, and after defeating the bellies they shrink down to normal size, with all the excess mass (from the buildings the bellies ate) disappearing into nowhere. The end result is that they've pretty much scared kids into not eating food at all.
    • "Accept the Next Proposition You Hear", has the moral that it's okay to be a follower and that you should let someone else make your decisions for you.
    • Lampshaded in "The True Meaning of Christmas", which initially has Santa stating the true meaning of Christmas was about family and friends, before the Titans blow up his factory, forcibly making him change the message that Christmas was only about presents and nothing more.
    • "Shrimps And Prime Rib" teaches that if someone's better at your job than you, you're no longer needed and can just do whatever you want.
    • In more than one episode, a message about lying to those who are unfamiliar in a new society for ones own personal advantage or laughs is presented, with Starfire being the victim of this due to her alien nature on Earth.
    • "Hot Garbage" gives the message that hording (a problem many face in real life) is okay, even if it makes your home unsanitary.
    • Another bad moral that is presented in more than one episode is that you don`t need to apologize after a fight with someone you care about. The top 10 list site Watchmojo goes into detail about the teams behavior in their video Top 10 Bad Lessons Teen Titans Go! Teaches Kids:
    Watchmojo narrator: Almost every episode shows them getting into fights, only never to resolve things. No one provides alternatives for solutions, no one admits when they were wrong and rarely (if ever) does someone apologize for their wrong doings. Characters just get irritated and angry at each other without explaining why or realizing their mistakes. If kids are to learn how to resolve issues, Teen Titans Go! certainly isn`t helping.
    • Another common unfriendly Aesop presented by the Titans in many episodes is that throwing tantrums, whining and displaying all other kinds of childish behavior (even towards your friends or in public) is acceptable, even if you`re old enough to know better.
    • The most out of universe example of an unfriendly Aesop could be in all the Take That, Critics! episodes ("Lets Get Serious", "The Return of Slade", "The Forth Wall" and "Finally a Lesson"). All four episodes give an implication that it's okay to go out of your way to stick it to your detractors at the expense of doing something you feel comfortable and okay with doing already, even if it means alienating an audience who legitimately likes your original style.
    The Mysterious Mr. Enter: There are many, many reasons these critic called out episodes are bad, even if you like the show. To enjoy one of these critic call out episodes, you need to: Number one- Enjoy watching the show in general. Number two- be aware of the critics and detractors (which is more unlikely for the target audience that they claim that they're aiming for). Number three- You need to disagree with the criticism being displayed and agree with their method of tackling it. Number four- You need to be okay with them avoiding what you like with the show to blast people you don't agree with and you don't listen to. That is a very rare combination.
    • "The Return of Slade" also teaches that you shouldn't enjoy something out of your age demographic or let it inspire you, and that, if you do, you`re a loser who needs to grow up.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Robin/Raven, mostly from those who watched the original series and liked their close relationship there. Though it's also popular among Beast Boy/Terra shippers who want Raven out of the picture by pairing her with someone else.
    • Starfire/Beast Boy due to usually acting much more like their original selves when they're around each other. "Starliar" is what solidified it for some fans due their genuinely cute interactions. "Uncle Jokes" also tends to get a lot of love from the BB/Star shippers, while "The Date" also teased this.
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • Teen Titans Go!'s Adored by the Network status resulted in a massive rivalry between the Go! fandom and the rest of the DC Nation fans. The demise of DC Nation caused the rivalry to stretch to pretty much every other show on Cartoon Network, thanks to said status. Many fans of the other shows believe that it doesn't deserve all the airtime that it gets.note  Adventure Time, Regular Show, and Steven Universe fans note in particular resent its popularity and excessive airtime. It's gotten so serious that it potentially rivals Call of Duty and even Twilight as having the most detractors on the Internet!
    • Speaking of DC, Teen Titans Go! is often regarded as the rotten tomato among all of DC's other media adaptations, with the fandoms of other DC works either shunning TTG or outright refusing to acknowledge it as part of the DC community. In particular, CN's poor treatment of Justice League Action hasn't gone over well.
    • As of "Truth, Justice, and What?", fans of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) have started clashing with fans of the show due to the content of the episode, which features the Titans beating a representation of the Turtles up.
    • With the Total Drama fandom, as Cartoon Network has started a trend of halting the airing of new episodes of Teen Titans Go! to marathon the new season of Total Drama. Likewise, the TD fandom in general is annoyed by the excessive airing of TTG like any other show's fandoms.
    • The episode "Two Parter" did nothing for the volatile "Marvel vs. DC" rivalry, by insulting Marvel's poster boy, Spider-Man, effectively pouring a can of gasoline on the fire.
    • Sonic Boom fans joined the rivalry due to that series getting moved for more Teen Titans Go! reruns.
    • A minor rivalry from Infinity Train fans, due to Cartoon Network airing the pilot at 6am just to air a marathon of Teen Titans Go! episodesnote  through the rest of the day.
    • Likewise Mighty Magiswords fans were not happy the show was pushed back and practically disappeared from the schedule for more TTG, making it near impossible to see new episodes. And this was when Magiswords was beginning to gain their own steam since its premiere only to be stymied by the TTG's oversaturation. The fact that the Magisword app icon sometimes plays during TTG episodes didn't help matters.
  • Fanon:
    • A rather large portion of the fanbase has decided that this series is just a bunch of weird dreams from original series Beast Boy. Those who have this as their head canon have admitted that they have more fun watching the show than other people probably do. To the point that, at a convention, Greg Cipes HIMSELF mentioned he liked this theory when asked.
    • There's also a theory that this series is an alternate reality created by Larry, and exists in the same continuity as the original series. note 
    • Some fans also treat Go! less as an actual Reboot and more as a Spin-Off to the Animated Adaptation of MAD, due to both shows having Aaron Horvath working as Producer, Writer and Director.
  • Foe Yay:
    • This bit between Terra and Raven:
    Raven: What's an attractive, (sniffs Terra) decent-smelling girl like you doing with Beast Boy?
  • Growing the Beard:
    • "Colors of Raven" for some.
    • "Cool School" is one of the most liked episodes, with the inclusion of Rose Wilson.
    • "40% 40% 20%" is an extremely loved episode, and one of the few that did not rack up criticism from the haters, mainly due to a massive Animation Bump and loving send-up to 80s action movies.
    • For others the entirety of Season 5, the first produced after the movie, is this due to the season toning down the Titans more jerkass behavior, have jokes that are Actually Pretty Funny and making the Titans out to be more of Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • Ham and Cheese: All the voice actors. It's pretty obvious the cast is just having a ball reprising their old roles.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Many fans who have read the comics or have seen the original series knows that Cyborg's greatest fear is losing his humanity. In "Tower Power", his mind is a part of Titans Tower.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Several years ago, a fan wrote a Teen Titans fanfic about the gang watching Enchanted and comparing themselves to the characters from the film. Starfire, of course, is compared to ditzy Princess Classic Giselle. Fast forward to the episode "Laundry Day", in which Starfire makes a beautiful dress out of scratch, something Giselle did in the movie.
    • In "BBBDay!", the Titans avoid using the Birthday Song because they can't afford the right to use it. While the song was believed to be under copyright at the time the episode was written, by the time it aired, a judge had ruled that the copyright was never valid in the first place.
    • This show depicting the Young Justice version of Aqualad as a prolific skirt-chaser is rather ironic following DC Rebirth, where he comes out of the closet.
    • A crossover with The Powerpuff Girls (2016) was announced a year after Tara Strong caused a stink over being replaced as the voice of Bubbles. It could be seen as being Harsher in Hindsight if you feel bad for Strong.
    • All the jokes about Young Justice being cancelled, following the announcement of its renewal.
    • How Cartoon Network kept claiming about how it's "your new favorite show!", has since lost a lot of weight, since as of lately, The Amazing World of Gumball and Steven Universe have been surpassing Teen Titans Go! in ratings. CN actually stopped using the tagline a few months after it was introduced, after significant backlash over the network's Blatant Lies.
    • In "Missing", Robin, Cyborg, and Beast Boy are given a check for billions of dollars. They fantasize this in a parody of the DuckTales opening sequence, with the song "We're Rich (Whoo Hoo)". Guess which show got its own reboot announced less than a year later?
    • In "Second Christmas", the Titans trick Starfire into making another day of Christmas to enjoy it more, with a whole new Santa even helping them celebrate it. It's a good thing that they didn't wait until July 25th to celebrate it. Otherwise, they would've just been robbed.
    • In "The Academy", Batman: The Brave and the Bold was featured in the In Memoriam section of the ceremony. 10 days after the episode aired, the series was announced to be getting a DTV movie where the Caped Crusader would be reteaming with Scooby-Doo.
    • "Let's Get Serious" pokes fun at the idea that a Darker and Edgier take on the Titans would be inherently superior to the lighthearted comedy of Go. Following the reveal of Titans and the significant Broken Base the show has created over a Darker and Edgier take on the material, "Let's Get Serious" feels far more apt than it originally did. In fact, Kaldur himself agreed that maybe there's such a thing as "too serious". (Mostly averted in this case thanks to Titans' positive reception.)
    • The "Stakeout" song features Cyborg and Beast Boy next to Shaggy and Scooby-Doo in the Mystery Machine. Come LEGO Dimensions and people can have them team up once again!
    • In "Let's Get Serious" Teen Titans go had a parody of Young Justice. When Young Justice got revived for a season 3 they got to return the favor with their own Teen Titans Go parody.
  • Ho Yay:
    • In "Double Trouble", the numerous duplicates of Beast Boy and Cyborg take over Titans Tower, and one group of them are seen playing a game of Spin the Bottle. Take from that what you will.
    • For some fans, the very fact that Beast Boy and Cyborg are close friends, is enough of a reason to ship them together.
    • In "You're Fired", Cyborg is shown to be the only one who's actually upset about Beast Boy being fired, is shown crying over a picture of him at the "Hero Audition" and it's even implied that he might have had something to do with Beast Boy trying to sneak back in.
    • In "Power Moves", Robin is obsessed with merging with Cyborg and even merges against his will.
    • In "BBCYFSHIPBDAY", the Beast Boy x Cyborg Friendship Friend making kissy faces.
  • It's Not Supposed to Win Oscars: A common defense for the show is that it's a purely comedic show and geared towards a younger audience, thus it's not supposed to be taken seriously. Even the writers themselves have admitted that they wanted to make a "stupid show" and didn't put much effort into it. This is even invoked and used as An Aesop in the episode "Real Magic" where Robin's lame attempts at magic are constantly heckled by Raven, who is then banished to the mines by the Magic God, who says he hates hecklers. At the end, Raven learns that just because something's terrible doesn't mean you should hate it. The episode's Aesop obviously holds little water to the show's vocal detractors (which only increased due to the show's takeover of CN's schedule), who claim this reasoning only makes the show worse.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Robin may be an egotistical Control Freak, but despite his negative actions, it's not hard to feel sorry for him (even those that hate him can feel sad for him). In "Dude Relax", it was revealed that the animals in his circus would often abuse him as a baby, which was the reason why he's always paranoid and uptight. His team would also treat him like a joke sometimes, to the point of them wanting him to be replaced with either another leader or one of their own numbers committing mutiny. It could be justified due to his obnoxious behavior, but many felt that this kind of treatment he gets from his teammates is just plain miserable.
    • Raven may have a cynical attitude, but that doesn't stop her from having her sympathetic moments (the last scene of "Be Mine" was her most evident so far). She's also the Only Sane Woman in a cast full of clowns. Oh, and her dad's one of the most evil beings in the universe, and won't stop heckling her into following in his footsteps.
    • Even Beast Boy and Cyborg in their occasional Butt-Monkey moments. For example, the former is the first to die in "Salty Codgers". The latter has gotten mauled on multiple occasions and lost his body to a virus because of Robin's inner body wanderlust taking precedence over finding a cure in "Body Adventure".
    • The H.I.V.E. can be this in episodes where the Titans are excessively stupid or violent. Gizmo and Mammoth are the most frequent victims. Notable examples include "Artful Dodgers" where the Titans have the H.I.V.E. sent to jail after losing a dodgeball match to them despite their blatant cheating, "Breakfast Cheese" where they are viciously attacked for the simple, petty crime of loitering, and "In and Out" where all five Titans viciously beat up Mammoth when they infiltrate the H.I.V.E.'s new base.
      • This gets taken Up to Eleven in their titular episode "The Hive Five", where not only do the Titans constantly prank call them, but the H.I.V.E.'s attempts at enjoying their day off are completely ruined by the Titans' obnoxious antics.
    • Blackfire maliciously frames her sister Starfire for her own crimes and gets her thrown in jail. The "Woobie" section comes in when it occurs to Blackfire that Starfire is the only one who unconditionally loved her and makes a sincere attempt to become a good sister, only for her previous jerkass actions to bite her in the form of Starfire escaping from prison and giving her a severe beatdown.
    • Even Trigon is this. He's trying to be a good father, but doesn't have a way with his anger. Though in some ways, it's an act.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships:
    • Raven already had this status in the original show, but now she has even more shipping candidates to add to the list. She's shipped with Beast Boy, Robin, Starfire, Terra, Jinx, Aqualad, and Rose Wilson.
    • Starfire also has no shortage of ships, with Robin, Raven, Beast Boy, Jinx, Speedy, and Kid Flash.
  • Les Yay:
    • Starfire licking Raven behind her ears, which could also count as Squick.
    • Also, Starfire kisses Raven on the forehead at the end of "Caramel Apples". Granted, it wasn't in a romantic way, but it still counts.
    • Raven's time spent with Rose Wilson in "Cool School" and later "Operation: Dude Rescue" edges into Les Yay territory at a few points.
    • In "The Inner Beauty of a Cactus", one of the last people Starfire attempts to kiss is a woman.
  • Like You Would Really Do It:
    • In "Pie Bros", it looks like Robin, Starfire, and Raven have been baked into pies and Cyborg and Beast Boy are eating them. It turns out they escaped and only their hair and clothes were in the pies.
    • It's pretty much averted every other time where any of the Titans can die by the end of the episode without revival, and still be alive in the next.
  • Memetic Loser: Robin, full stop. The show seems to take a near sadistic glee in thoroughly portraying him as a pathetic Loser Protagonist, putting him through Torture Porns that make the ones Squidward go through look tame in comparison. His own teammates even view him as one. They rarely follow his orders, treat him like absolute dirt, constantly look to get him kicked out of the team or get replaced by a new leader, and only seem to let him be the leader out of pity. Raven outright says he's the one she likes the least out of the Titans, and Starfire never returns his affections and even outright says she doesn't love him nor could she learn to love him.
  • Memetic Molester:
    • Robin in "Power Moves". He spends most of the episode inside Cyborg and forcing him to come up with off-the-wall power moves.
    • Scary Teri from "Slumber Party". The way she makes Cyborg scream like a little girl, along with the fact that she stalks anyone nearby when summoned, little kids included.
    • Cyborg in "Rocks and Water", where his attempts to be the third wheel to Robin and Starfire reach disturbing levels, going so far as to get in the way of their kiss (with him kissing Robin).
    • The Tooth Fairy in the episode "The Dignity of Teeth". His appearance, voice, and the fact that he eats teeth are creepy enough, but his touchy-feely mannerisms towards Raven and the lecherous way he covets her teeth makes him come off as a sexual predator. Unlike the other examples, which are mostly Played for Laughs, it comes off as legitimately disturbing. The "ta-ta-ta-ta" can be considered pretty funny though.
    Tooth Fairy: No need for introductions. Ta-ta-ta-ta-ta. We met while you were sleeping. Yes. I wiggled my fingers under all of your pillows to extract the pearly treasures held under them. Ta-ta-ta-ta-ta. All except you, Raven. You never gave me your precious teeth. It made me covet them even more. (Menacingly) Ta-ta-ta-ta-ta.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Portraying Raven and Robin as bronies is starting to become a thing for fan fiction writers. (The only non-canon thing about that for Raven would be replacing the parody with the actual show.)
    • Oddly enough, the Ship Tease between Raven and Beast Boy has become an in joke with some circles of the fandom.
    • Robin's lack of sleep in "Nose Mouth" is partially because he saw the Silence.
    • Comparing the show to the various dork ages of the comics. The most often being the New 52 variant of the Titans. There's rarely ever a clear “winner”.
    • All of the songs.
    • "Fresh!"note 
    • "Law of the jungle, baby!"note 
    • Beast Boy dancing as cat with a boom box.
    • LAST TUESDAY!
    • "MEATBALL PARTY!!!"note 
    • "Dem legs"note 
    • "Waffles, waffles, waffles!"note 
    • Aquaman/Starfire FOREVER!
    • The Pee-Pee Dance.
    • "This isn't the episode I was promised!"note 
    • "Snug as a bug (in a rug)!"note 
    • "PURE PROTEIN!!!" note 
    • "Let's Get Serious x.0" note 
  • Mis-blamed:
    • A lot of fans have blamed this show for getting Young Justice cancelled, despite the fact that the latter's producers had already listed out the causes for cancellation, with those causes having nothing to do with Teen Titans Go!.note  This pic of the Titans beating up the cast of Young Justice made by Copernicus Studios, an animation company in Halifax that does some of the animation for Teen Titans Go!, didn't help.
    • The show was also blamed for causing Supernoobs to not do well and eventually become forgotten by Cartoon Network, using Teen Titans Go interrupting Supernoobs's schedule to air the rest of the season in August and September after an eight month hiatus, but said return only lasting for two weeks, as an example. In reality, "Supernoobs" suffered from low ratings right from the start, and the return not being properly advertised made it doomed to fail.
    • The show has often been blamed for causing the cancellation of Adventure Time and Regular Show. In actuality, both series were ended by their creators themselves.
  • Moe:
    • Starfire, of course. Her Fish out of Water status is played up for all its worth in this show, particularly in episodes like "Parasite". She's especially adorable autotuned ("Uncle Jokes").
    • Raven has a lot of Moe moments herself. Even her '20s Bob Haircut makes her look cute when it's seen.
      • When she got a toothache after Cyborg fed her a cybernetic meatball.
      • Her cuteness is really expressed in "Pirates". This episode has her blushing and smiling a lot and she gets a cute fishbone hair dec from Aqualad.
      • "Baby Hands" gives us a look at Raven's original comic outfit; combining it with an eager-to-please attitude makes her absolutely adorable.
      • Just a quick cutaway, but when she's tap dancing in the bathroom in "Serious Business", the results are adorable and funny.
      • Speaking of dancing, in Justice League’s Next Top Talent Idol Star: Part 1, Raven reveals her passion for dancing, and we get to see a quick montage of her dancing while growing up, from a cute toddler to the present day. Too bad Trigon's one of the Fantasy-Forbidding Father types. Or at least he was.
    • Cyborg and Beast Boy as babies. Cyborg had daddy issues and Beast Boy was apparently abandoned at a zoo.
    • Baby Robin. Those mean circus animals kept stealing his stuff.
    • Silkie. The creators dialed up his cuteness, save for a few gross moments.
    • The Titans in the episode "Halloween" when they are turned into kids by the Halloween Spirit. They are downright huggable, especially when they're wearing their costumes.
    • Young Cyborg during the Scary Teri flashback in "Slumber Party".
    • Beast Boy doing his maraca head wiggle song in the beginning and end of "Head Fruit".
    • Blackfire too.
    • Beast Boy can be this when hes not acting like a jerk or a child. A DC Kids video description even describes him as arguably the cutest Titan.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: Starfire's singing at the end of "Breakfast Cheese".
  • Never Live It Down: The show will never live down becoming extremely Adored by the Network at the expense of the network's other shows, especially the infamous December 2017 week-long marathon where the only thing being aired was Teen Titans Go! and 2 episodes of Steven Universe.
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity: Despite the sheer hate this show has gotten, the ratings were initially still climbing, ironically because of said vitriol. As the advertisement say, it's "your new favorite show".
     O-Z 
  • Older Than the Demographic: The protagonists are teens, the show is aimed at preteens, and a huge chunk of the viewership consists of toddlers.
  • Older Than They Think:
    • Terra's hatred for Beast Boy may be surprising to fans of the 2003 show, though this originates from the 80's comics. "Be Mine" has given Terra back some of her 2003 qualities, what with her actually falling for BB whereas the original comics version hated him from start to finish.
    • Beast Boy and Raven being in a romantic relationship actually dates all the way back to the comics, and isn't something Teen Titans Go! made up. Even though it wasn't explored in the original Teen Titans series, and the Word of God for that show clarified several times that these versions weren't supposed to have that kind of relationship and were more Like Brother and Sister.
    • This show itself wasn't the first time a Teen Titans based series went for slapstick humor which preceded it. The first time was actually the 2003 series.
    • In fact, a disproportionate amount of people seem to think that the original series was entirely serious, even though it had plenty of comedic episodes (which are pointed out through the use of the Japanese version of the theme song in that series) and interspersed comedy whenever it was appropriate.
    • To a lesser degree, some (notably The Mysterious Mr. Enter) have criticized Starfire's Super Speed abilities, showcased especially in "Boys vs. Girls" and in her verse in the team's rap in The Movie, as coming out of nowhere. Starfire having those abilities is subtly indicated a few times in the original cartoon; she is shown leaving the Earth and flying into space on her own power in "Transformation" and "Snowblind", and she would need to travel at beyond hypersonic speeds (roughly Mach 37) to reach escape velocity.
  • One-Scene Wonder: The Titans meeting their own voice actors in "The Self-Indulgent 200th Episode Spectacular!", especially Tara Strong showing off her versatility by doing her voices for Bubbles, Timmy Turner, and Twilight Sparkle.
  • Pandering to the Base:
    • "Rocks and Water" finally has Beast Boy and Raven kissing, which is something the colossal BBRae fanbase had been dying for since their first Ship Tease in "Matched".
    • "Some of Their Parts" is a sequel to "Colors of Raven", one of the most popular episodes in the series.
    • "Legs", another one of the show's most popular episodes, received two sequels—"Leg Day" and "Arms Race With Legs".
    • "BBRae" is one giant love letter to the BBRae fanbase, which was one the most anticipated episodes in the show's run, featuring the "BBRae (Bae)" song performed by Greg Cipes.
  • Paranoia Fuel:
    • This line from a shrunken Robin to Starfire in "Body Adventure" comes off as a bit creepy due to his Stalker with a Crush tendencies toward her.
    Robin: I could be anywhere, at any time, and you would never know. Anyway, just pretend I'm not here. (Stares at Starfire while creepy music plays.)
    • This line from the talking TV to Cyborg in the episode "Oil Drums", while meant to come off as heartwarming, has shades of this. Not helped by the TV staring directly at the screen.
    TV: You might be surprised to know that all those years you spent staring at me, I was staring right back at you and it has been a joy to help shape you into the man you are today.
  • Periphery Demographic: Surprisingly, most viewers of Teen Titans Go! are toddlers. This could be due to the attractive artstyle of the show and the fact that it's one of the few things Cartoon Network airs during the time when toddlers watch TV. It constantly gets higher ratings than shows actually aimed at preschoolers (most notably Sesame Street) and has been the top show of the month in ratings with that demographic twice and often appears at the top of the list. This has lead to Cartoon Network holding a few mini Teen Titans Go! marathons on weekdays specifically for this demographic.
    • Many adults also enjoy the series, though their attempts to defend the series are often drowned out; they tend to become punching bags themselves on the Internet, and have been called everything from tasteless to even philistines.
    • A big part of the reason for adults enjoying the show is that it caters to them, especially those who grew up in the late 70s and early 80s. Many of the references are to 80s shows, culture, and aesthetic. "Night Begins to Shine" comes to mind.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Mother Mae-Eye is actually received better in this series, compared to her original self where she appeared in an episode that was questionably written on drugs. Here she's not some pie-dwelling witch who induces hallucinations, but is instead a Sweeny Todd expy who bakes pies with people in them. She's also actually capable of combat and actively antagonizes the Titans rather than pretending to be their mother for unexplained reasons in the old show.
  • Rooting for the Empire:
    • Many viewers have found themselves rooting for the villains, especially in episodes where the Titans are being excessively stupid and unsympathetic, while the bad guys are the sane ones. Prominent examples are "Waffles" where Brother Blood is the Straight Man while Beast Boy and Cyborg are being childish Jerkasses, or "Breakfast Cheese" where the Titans literally beat up the H.I.V.E. for standing around doing nothing.
    • The episode "A Farce" takes this Up to Eleven where Brother Blood and the Brain take the Titans to court for their careless and reckless destruction of Jump City. They are all found guilty at the end of the episode.
    • In the Island Adventure episodes, Robin invokes a blatant Expy of the Predator and stirs a panic as they're hunted before telling them they learned nothing about hard survival and running off. Except they befriend the alien anyway. But with all of the absolute hell Robin stirs during this batch of episodes, it's not surprising to see people cheer at the alien mounting Robin's skull (with hair shapes) on a wall in The Stinger.
    • Rose Wilson. It's not hard to side with her Only Sane Man attitude when put alongside the sillier Titans. Plus she lays a Take That, Scrappy! moment on all of them sans Raven.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Cyborg in this incarnation. His deeper, more nuanced characterization from the 2003 series is completely nonexistent here. Alongside his best buddy Beast Boy, he is nothing more than a stupid, wild party guy, or mentally-backward teenager who only cares about himself.
    • This version of Robin is one as well, going from being an actual strong leader to a whiny, arrogant egotist who never stops obsessing how he's the "Lone Wolf Leader", and actually values getting glory over doing heroic deeds.
    • This version of Aqualad isn't very popular, due to his Chick Magnet persona being escalated to The Casanova and he acts like he owns every girl. Not to mention him hitting on Raven clashing with the show's colossal BBRae fandom.
  • Seasonal Rot:
    • Many view season 2 as falling to this due to the Titans's increasingly idiotic and mean-spirited natures as well as episode plots becoming more bizarre with nonsensical and often abrupt endings. Even a portion of those who were previously fans of season 1 have lost faith in the show. The season also contains some of the most controversial episodes such as "Let's Get Serious", "Truth, Justice, and What?", and "The Return of Slade". The latter of the three was particularly scorned for being both another cruel jab at the show's critics and a blatant, shallow ratings trap that shamelessly lied to its fans, causing many to lose whatever respect for the show they had by that point.
    • Season 3 is considered this by some due to more emphasis being put on the Titans' mean-spirited natures, the overuse of '80s references and predictable fourth wall gags, and interesting plots being wasted for the sake of comedy such as the episode "Two Parter", which is considered the worst offender.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat:
    • Most of Teen Titans Go!'s older fandom comes from fans of the 2003 cartoon; as a result, as of both "Terra-ized" and "Matched", the fandom has revived the Ship to Ship Combat between BB/Rae and BB/Terra shippers.
    • It got worse with "Be Mine", when Terra comes around to BB's feelings.
    • Zigzagged with "Staring at the Future". Fans of Go! didn't mind that Robin hooks up, and has a baby, with Batgirl, as it was accurate to the Batman comics, in which Barbara Gordon was one of Dick Grayson's love interests, but fans familiar with the original series (as well as the comics before it, where Starfire is also one of Dick Grayson's major love interests) found it insulting.
  • Snark Bait: One of the biggest critic favorite punching bags on the internet. Find a fan of the comics or original show and ask them what they think about it. You'll get essay length comments on how stupid the Titans behave, how it's offensive to the original series, teaches bad morals, and is being milked by CN due to the appeal to little kids. The fact that the show got its own theatrical movie while other, more popular shows did not has fueled the hatred even further.
  • So Okay, It's Average:
    • Those who don't outright despise the series usually see it as this, stating that while it has more than its share of flaws, it's still watchable. In terms of truth Teen Titans Go had a very rough beginning due to the fans of the original Teen Titans downright hating/disliking the show. According to Saberspark, who is famously known for creating the What's Ruining and What Ruined series, he regretted putting this show on his Top 10 Worst Cartoon Network Shows video after swallowing his pride and being able to enjoy the show's humor despite the past resentment he had held towards the show. After all, reboots aren't supposed to replace the original shows that they stem from. The reboot does in fact have a fandom also.
    • Most people's opinion on the crossover with The Powerpuff Girls (2016) after it finally aired. While many praised the episode for giving Blossom, Bubbles, Buttercup, and Mojo Jojo characterizations more in line with how they were in the original series as well as the girls and the PPG Narrator delivering several Take That, Scrappy! statements to the Titans, the same people are irritated that the Titans treated the girls like babies and ended the episode without learning a thing (as usual) after the girls proved to be better crimefighters.
  • Spiritual Adaptation: The episode "Belly Bros" is sometimes jokingly called "DeviantArt: The Animated Series", referencing the site's perchance to attract those with belly kinks (who, of course, loved this episode).
  • Squick:
    • The frequent vomiting fits the characters do throughout the series.
    • The pies made out of people. The Titans even ate some.
    • If you know what "owl pellets" were, Beast Boy puking it into Cyborg's cereal as a prank in "Ghost Boy" is this in spades.
    • Muscley Robin. Especially when he flexes his butt cheeks.
    • The entirety of the "Parasite" episode. "Parry" is just nasty. Particularly cringeworthy when Robin lets loose several parasites to latch onto his face, and they drain him of all his nutrients.
    • It's bad enough that it was on the floor beforehand, but Cyborg eating a moldy 30-year-old pizza in "Staring at the Future" was pretty gross.
    • Beast Boy agonizingly pushing a fish into his head through his ear in "Brain Food". He also put a banana in his ear later in the episode.
    • Robin regurgitating ping pong balls nonstop at the end of "Real Magic".
    • The Titans being turned into old people by Mad Mod in the episode "Salty Codgers". Also Raven's affections toward old people, which has her hugging and kissing them like one would do a pet, also comes off as this to some. In-Universe, even the Titans think it's disturbing.
    • In "Serious Business", you can't tell what's worse: the fact that Starfire uses the toilet to make chili, or that the Titans now know this and still eat it.
    • In "Smile Bones", the image of the Titans' bloated stomachs, particular Starfire's, who has nine stomachs, has been getting this reaction; as has the image of Cyborg and Beast Boy's bellies coming to life. There's also the fact the Titans take out their teeth and put it in each other's mouths.
    • The mutation scene in "Truth, Justice, and What".
    • Beast Boy getting repeatedly stung by bees and eventually bloating to grotesque proportions in the episode "Two Bumblebees and a Wasp".
    • "Head Fruit" has a tree growing out of Beast Boy's head and sprouting fruit, which the Titans eat and even make a drink out of. The episode also has him again jamming things in his ear like a book and a slice of pizza.
    • "The Dignity of Teeth" reveals that the Tooth Fairy takes your teeth so he can eat them. And him challenging Raven to an eating competition causes her to develop an appetite for teeth as well.
    • Pretty much the entirety of the episode "The Croissant", from Silkie's friend, to the Titans being turned into humanoid insects by Killer Moth, to the vomiting fits being turned Up to Eleven.
    • "Leg Day" takes a premise from a previous episode (where Raven becomes the Kick Chick-themed Lady Legasus) and drives it straight into this territory. All of the Titans get leg-themed names and musculature... but only in certain areas. Cyborg, a.k.a. Thunder Thighs, has absolutely massive thighs... and little else. Beast Boy, a.k.a. Calves has, you guessed it, massive calves. And the rest of his legs are his normal noodly thinness. The song at the end that borderline fetishizes their hypermuscular legs just adds to the creepy.
    • In "The Cape" a redub of the original series episode "Divide and Conquer", in one of the redubbed lines, Cyborg calls the electricity crackling between his and Robin's eyes "eye milk", complete with the sound of milk being poured. There are several disturbing squick conclusions that can be drawn from this. Firstly, Cyborg's eye is discharging fluid, which by itself should be telltale warning of serious health problems. Secondly, the fluid from Cyborg's eye is draining into Robin's eye. Exchange of body fluid in any shape or form is generally discouraged due to what could be passed onto someone else. Thirdly, Starfire wishes to drink the eye milk. That's right, she wants to consume the lactic fluid produced by another person, especially when said fluid appears to be an infectious discharge coming from someone's ocular region.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: A few pop up over the series:
    • The rap song that Robin is jamming to in "Driver's Ed" is basically an instrumental version of "Stuntin' Like My Daddy".
    • In "The Cruel Giggling Ghoul", during the Scooby-Dooby Doors chase sequence, the song playing is very similar to Patty Smith's "The Warrior."
    • The music that plays during the Dragon Ball Z-esque fight sequence between Robin and the Leprechaun in "Beast Boy's St. Patrick's Day Luck and it's Bad" has the same general arrangement as "I'm Shipping Up to Boston" by Dropkick Murphys.
    • Scary Figure Dance is almost identical to the Monster Mash.
    • The Booty Scooty sounds quite a bit like "Turn Down For What" by DJ Snake and Lil John.
    • The song Robin dances to in "Jinxed" sounds a lot like the instrumental to "Maniac"—fitting, given that the sequence is a reference to Flashdance.
  • Tainted by the Preview: Fans complained about it just from seeing the previews. Big complaints were the art style being nothing like the Animesque style of the original and the comedy being seen as a drastic change in tone from the original show. The show itself only made it worse.
  • Take That, Scrappy!:
    • For those who hate this incarnation of Robin, anytime he gets punished for his actions is quite satisfying. Unless you find it a tad excessive, such as his own friends constantly gunning for his position as leader.
      • One particularly satisfying one is Raven repeatedly kicking him in the face in "Legs".
      • In "Yearbook Madness", no one wants to join Robin's "Speedwalkers Club", before shortly a satellite crashes on top of him before a visual pops up saying "Hit By Falling Satellite Club".
      • In "Hey You, Don't Forget about Me in Your Memory" has the episode opening with Beast Boy telling a story of Robin's funeral and the other Titans happily believing Robin to be dead, even though Robin is heard repeatedly screaming from the sidelines that he's still alive.
    • If you're not fond of Cyborg and Beast Boy, seeing them getting repeatedly pummeled in "Caramel Apples" might be cathartic to watch. At least, until the ending. Similarly, seeing Brother Blood torture them with his Pain Bot in "Waffles" might have you rooting for him, though the ending where Beast Boy's body has been skeletonized might be a tad bit excessive.
    • "Let's Get Serious" has Aqualad from Young Justice tear into Robin for having a team full of clowns that are a disgrace to real crime fighters. Not that anything changes, which the episode itself lampshades and in fact makes a joke of.
    • "Cool School" has Rose Wilson dishing painful insults which hurt all of the Titans except Raven.
    • To some, the entirety of "The Fourth Wall", due to Control Freak outright proclaiming the show to be "GARBAGE" and directly telling the Titans why the Periphery Demographic hates their show. He then has the Titans watch the original series to show them the difference between them.
    • The The Powerpuff Girls (2016) crossover pretty much goes out of its way to show the Titans at their worst, being rude and incompetent to the Powerpuff Girls. And unlike other episodes that point out the flaws of the show, but ultimately tries to lay at least partial blame on the audience for "not getting it", the episode ends with the Powerpuff Girls being disgusted at how amoral and petty the Titans are and the Powerpuff Girls narrator calls them out for being useless and unheroic.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes:
    • Raven's happy facet is so sickeningly sweet, she'll make you go into diabetic shock. When she gets loose in "Colors of Raven", she goes around making everything a Sugar Bowl.
    • Weaponized against Rose Wilson. Sincere, unironic expressions of The Power of Friendship physically debilitate Rose to the point where she is literally sick to her stomach.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: As one can tell from the previous tropes, this show has gotten quite a bit of this reaction. Before the show actually aired, even:
    • The excessive personality changes of the Titans to much sillier, jerkish natures is one of the most heavily criticized aspects of the show.
    • It replacing Young Justice in DC Nation didn't help.
    • Some fans hated Young Justice for not being like the early 2000s Teen Titans. Now some people hate this show for not being like Young Justice.
    • Back in the day, some fans hated the Teen Titans series for not being like the Teen Titans comics or any of the Timm/Diniverse toons. Now, some fans hate Teen Titans Go! for not being like the Teen Titans series.
    • Some have complained about how Raven's hair was changed from her earlier unhooded design.
    • There's also the fact that this series isn't the same as the New Teen Titans shorts that aired during Cartoon Network's Saturday morning DC Nation block. Said shorts were based more on the original show than Go! is, had a different style of comedy, and overall didn't make the Titans into extreme caricatures of themselves. The changes in style that Go! has are so significant that fans feel incensed that they didn't get the expanded version of the New Teen Titans shorts they were expecting to get.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks!:
    • A common criticism against the show is that it apes the comedy of other shows on Cartoon Network like Regular Show and Uncle Grandpa albeit very poorly.
    • At its worst, many fans even compare it to Family Guy in its later seasons, in that they feel that it's plagued with lazy characterization, unfunny jokes, rampant, unnecessary assholery and abrupt nonsensical endings.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Darkseid appears in "Two Parter". It turns out that his grovely voice is because he has a cold, and actually has the voice of "Weird Al" Yankovic. Unfortunately, we barely get to hear this voice, let alone sing, and is defeated shortly after. To many fans, and even haters, it could have been seen as a saving grace of "Two Parter" let alone Season 3.
    • To a slightly lesser degree, there's the snarky badass, Rose Wilson. Despite being very well-liked for trash talking the Titans, as well as being the closest thing the show will likely ever have to Slade, she's only made two other major appearance since her debut. Needless to say, fans, and even some detractors, are disappointed that they don't use her more.
    • The H.I.V.E. members, outside of Jinx, also qualify. Despite being the show's most reoccurring antagonists, they have little to no actual characterization and only really exist to give the Titans someone to fight as a way to move the plot along. It doesn't help that they rarely have dialogue.
    • Kaldur was considered the highlight of the otherwise controversial "Let's Get Serious"; acting as both an Audience Surrogate and Only Sane Man that grilled the Titans for their selfish and idiotic behavior. He could have made a solid Foil to the Titans, but sadly hasn't made an appearance since.
      • Miss Martian and Superboy have it even worse. Not only do they retain none of their personality traits from Young Justice, but they aren't even given any lines in their one episode.
    • There's also the Justice League, who aren't voiced in the show proper and don't really do anything of importance besides acting as joke punchlines.
      • This also applies to various characters from the original show that are relegated to non-speaking cameos (ex. Kyd Wykkyd, Mad Mod, Punk Rocket, etc.).
    • Blackfire's portrayal in her debut episode was noticeably more sympathetic than how she was shown in the 2003 series; with her being more of a Jerkass Woobie than a straight sociopath and actually trying to apologize to Starfire for her actions in the end of her debut episode (an apology Starfire brutally shot down). The show could have continued to explore this side of Blackfire and take her relationship with Starfire in an interesting new direction. Instead, they relegated all her future appearances to non-speaking cameos up until Season 5's "Girl's Night In", where she goes back to being a sociopathic Big Sister Bully.
    • This also applies to Bumblebee. She was a major character throughout "The 6th Titan" arc and gained some popularity for being the closest thing the team had to a moral center. While most of her and the Titans' interactions amounted to them being unjustly mean to her, there was still comedic potential in their dynamic. Unfortunately, "The Viewers Decide" has her unceremoniously leave the team to become "Bat-Bee", with the Titans barely noticing or caring. Worst off, it ends with an endcard saying she won't return.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • "Sidekick" has trouble brewing in Gotham. Instead of it being a Batman villain, it's the H.I.V.E. again, who appear often enough in Jump City as it is.
    • "In and Out" toyed with the idea of the heroes dressing up as their evil counterparts to infiltrate the H.I.V.E. tower. So, we get Robin as Red X and Cyborg as Stone. Beast Boy even comes in with an even bigger throwback of the '80s comics with a nostalgic costume.note  So, this is where we get to see Blackfire, or at least Starfire's villainous self from a previous episode, and Red Raven costumes, right? Wrong. What we get is the girls dressing up as Rummage Sale Reject villains. Even if we overlook all of that, the cool premise of seeing Red X again seems to be wasted by Robin making him look like an unstable jackass from the start, instead of the unflappable stoic badass he was always portrayed as.
    • The B plot of "I See You" has a very interesting premise, where Raven is trying to hide a potentially devastating secret, and Cyborg and Beast Boy are tailing her to find out just what the secret is after being told that they were terrible at stakeouts. It is something that could have been dramatically built up across several episodes, thus giving the show a genuine Growing the Beard moment and even a Continuity Nod of the Trigon Arc from the original show. Instead, Raven quickly solves her problem by the episode's end. Despite nearly being killed, and not realizing the gravity of the situation happening right in front of them even after they are accidentally banished to an alternate dimension, Cyborg and Beast Boy celebrate when they believe that Raven's big secret was that she had a crush on the latter.
    • "The Return of Slade" has been heavily criticized for this. The promised battle against Slade happens offscreen after he's mentioned for a few minutes. The rest of the episode deals with Cyborg and Beast Boy trying to make a clown Darker and Edgier when they feel the clown is too kiddy, and the Titans trying to stop said clown after Cyborg and Beast Boy succeed. To many fans, the episode came off as both a shallow ratings trap and yet another jab at the show's critics.
      • Another plot they forgot in this episode was having Robin be afraid of clowns, instead of Starfire, giving both some background on Robin but also having a Joker cameo.
    • Played with to "They Missed a Perfectly Good Joke" during the The Powerpuff Girls (2016) crossover. While it's probably because Bubbles is no longer voiced by Tara Strong, does anyone else wanted Raven and Bubbles to comment on each other's voices?
    • The main conflict of "Hot Salad Water", the Independence day special, had to do with a shipment of tea that resulted in the Titans acting more and more British. This would have been a good place to have Mad Mod (a known British mind-controlling villain who once tried to sabotage Independence Day in the original series) show up, but instead the culprit ended up being the Queen of England, trying to get revenge on America for the Boston tea party.
    • For all the network hyped up the episode starring the gender swapped opposite Titans, the crew didn't really do much with the concept. Most of the gender swaps only appeared in the last couple of minutes, and only Beast Boy got any meaningful interaction with his counterpart.
    • The episode "Girl's Night In" ignores Blackfire's sympathetic portrayal in "Mr. Butt", in which she goes through a genuine Heel–Face Turn and tries to make amends, only to be rejected and beaten up by a hardened Starfire. This could have been brought back up as the reason for her current hostility towards Starfire and added more depth to Blackfire and her relationship with her sister, but they instead revert her back into a Jerkass with no explanation.
    • For the series as a whole, many fans were disappointed that it goes for more random events humor then having fun with the DC universe and the history of the Teen Titans series. We do occasionally get some snippets of it here and there (Trigon, Darkseid, the whole audition line up for Beast Boy's replacement complete with the Wonder Twins, the other Robins outside of Dick, Nightwing and Batgirl... Heck, this series was even the first official animated appearance of Ravager!), but the writers rarely seem to capitalize on it, especially due to their previous work.
  • Unconventional Learning Experience: Ever want your kids to learn about Ponzi schemes, real estate, the Oregon Trail, and other useful life skills? Well, the Robin-centric episodes of the show can be quite useful as dispensing a large amount of knowledge on these educational topics.note 
  • Unexpected Character: Ravager came as a bit of a surprise, as she never appeared in the original series (though she was in the comic tie-in for it), as well as the fact she's the daughter of Slade Wilson (who had yet to appear on this show himself).
    • The hyped-up sixth Titan debuting in "Forest Pirates" being Bumblebee was not what viewers had expected, with people thinking that the member would be either Terra or a completely new character entirely.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: The Tooth Fairy, due to her lack of Tertiary Sexual Characteristics and her voice actor being a man, though she's referred to by female pronouns several times and refers to herself as a girl in "Easter Creeps".
  • What an Idiot!:
    • From "In and Out". Want to get rid of a few freeloaders? Blow up your own base! What makes this worse is that both Gizmo and Robin come up with this idea, with equally disastrous results. Lampshaded somewhat when Jinx is rather disapproving of the idea.
    • It seems that Robin learned absolutely nothing from "In and Out", and installed a bomb in the Titans' bathroom that goes off in five minutes in "Serious Business". The first time it happens, it nearly sets the whole place on fire and sends the other Titans into a panic.
    • In "Real Magic", Robin almost drowns himself in an attempt to do a magic trick. Were it not for Raven pulling his soul back into his body after rescuing him, he'd be dead that episode.
    • In the "BBRae" two-parter, Beast Boy finally wins Raven over with a new song that he wrote. Raven at first expresses discomfort at Beast Boy sharing the song on radio, but Beast Boy decides to "fiddle" anyway and pimp out his new single. Even after Raven finds out and gets mad initially, Beast Boy manages to show her that the song has managed to bring happiness to a lot of couples and she relents. You'd think by then Beast Boy would have learned to be happy with what he accomplished and not push his luck any further but then he decides it's a good idea to go on tour, ignore Raven's feelings, and finally give all of himself over to the fans instead of maintaining any kind of relationship with Raven. Unsurprisingly, this gets Raven so mad and emotional that she casts a spell which screws up Beast Boy's singing and inadvertently causes a lot of havoc across the country, all because of Beast Boy's abysmally low emotional intelligence.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: While it's often stated that the show's intended for a younger audience than the original series, this seems suspect when you take into account the following: a) a lot of the humor seems inappropriate for the young audience, including a considerable amount of violence pushing the show into a TV-PG rating; and b) many of the pop culture references featured in the show are relatable only to older audiences (kids of the '70s and '80s mostly), including full-episode parodies of Fantasy Island and The Breakfast Club and loving homages to The A-Team and The Golden Girls.
    • In "Them Soviet Boys", the show explicitly namechecks SERGEI FREAKIN' EISENSTEIN. At least you can't say the kids aren't learning something...
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: A vast number of the more bizarre episodes of the show, especially in season 2, will more often than not have you wondering how high the writers were during the creation of these episodes.
    • "Dude Relax" has a high-strung Robin attempting to relax by following Beast Boy's advice and being "one with the couch", which has him literally sinking into a world within the couch where he meets the Couch Spirit and goes on a trip through his past life in the circus.
    • "Burger vs. Burrito" where a contest between Beast Boy and Cyborg to see which is the better food culminates in the two fighting each other with a burger-shaped giant robot and a giant burrito monster created by Raven's magic, respectively.
    • "Breakfast Cheese" has Robin being bitten by a spider and ends up getting a Disney Acid Sequence, which involves a green-skinned Cyborg and Raven with six arms.
    • The second half of "Puppets Whaaaaat?" where the Titans are turned into realistic puppets by the evil Puppet Wizard, who himself is a real-life sock puppet. The entire second half of the episode takes place in the real world and at one point, the Titans are chased by a literal paper tiger.
    • "Sandwich Thief" has Robin dragging the team to outer space under the belief that his sandwich became sentient and flew to outer space. Not only does this prove to be true, but the sandwich also has been meditating and decides that all life must be destroyed, leading to a fight between the Titans and the superpowered sandwich.
    • "Money Grandma", where an attempt to teach Robin humility as a leader results in Raven using a time machine to bring George Washington to the present to talk to him. When Robin loses an election to him, he spitefully decides to go back and change the past so that he can be the first President of the United States.
    • The chase scene with the Titans and Mad Mod in "Salty Codgers", which also doubles as a Mythology Gag to the original series.
    • The episode "Serious Business". Particularly the ending, where it turns out bathrooms are an alien species that moved to Earth.
    • Pretty much the entire trip inside Raven's mind in the episode "Crazy Day" which features Starfire as the Sphinx, Beast Boy and Cyborg as Chess pieces, and Robin as a gate. And when it's revealed that it was all a part of Trigon's plot to drive her insane and turn her evil, Raven turns the tables and uses her magic to transport the Titans into his mind to annoy him.
    • "Smile Bones", where a crack at morbid obesity leads to extreme Balloon Bellies, which sprout limbs, faces, and gain lives of their own.
    • "Hose Water", which has Starfire and Cyborg regressing younger after they "embrace their inner-child", and end up reverting to eggs. They then get taken to "Baby Land" which is apparently where every baby comes from.
    • "Oil Drums" has the Titans's brains rotting from lack of television (with the exception of Cyborg), which eventually turns them into zombies obsessed with outdoor activities. Cyborg is then rescued by an anthropomorphic TV, which then leads to the two of them going on an adventure to find the missing remote, which was kidnapped by criminals for an unknown purpose.
    • "Kicking a Ball and Pretending to Be Hurt", which reveals that every ball on earth are eggs that contains a magical troll or animal.
    • "Head Fruit" has Beast Boy's brain planting a tree in his head and using it to escape into a world in the clouds.
    • "And the Award for Sound Design Goes to Rob" has Raven wishing away sound due to an ill-conceived deal with an evil spirit called the Whisperer. After tricking the Whisperer to return the Titans voices, they discover the rest of the world has become a "sound vacuum" and retains the sounds the Titans make. The rest of the episode has the voice actors making silly sound effects for everything in the show, including misfitting ones like farting sounds for punches, a tongue wagging sound for farts, and "Hey hey hey" for Silkie crawling.
    • "BBBDay" came up with the crack induced explanation that failure to celebrate birthdays causes the person to start aging out of control, spontaneously becoming older and younger. This happens to Beast Boy who becomes an old man and a baby throughout the episode.
  • What The Hell, Casting Agency?:
    • "Weird Al" Yankovic, using his goofy voice, as Darkseid. And thing is? The way it's done is just Crazy Enough to Work.
    • On the writers side, casting writers from a satirical show not afraid to give mean-spirited Take That! jokes is probably not the best one to hire, even for a superhero comedy. Hell, some believe that Go! was originally a unused sketch for MAD before MAD itself ended production.
  • The Woobie:
    • Raven in any episode when the other Titans are being immature, obnoxious jerks and she has to put up with them.
    • Gray Raven in "Colors of Raven". She's in a constant state of helpless fear, has frequent vomiting fits out of sheer nervousness, and her last act before Robin and Starfire sneakily send her back into the prism is to silently weep to herself in the city park.
    • Starfire. Even when she was younger, her sister would often act jerkish to her and she would only forgive her at the end. In "Starfire the Terrible", she gets mocked for being nice when trying to be a villain.
    • Bumblebee. Despite doing all she can to support the Titans and put up with their less than savory behavior, the team regularly excludes and mistreats her without a second thought.

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