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  • And You Thought It Would Fail: Many believed (and even hoped) that the film would be critically panned to the level of The Emoji Movie and a Box Office Bomb. However, critical reception has been widely positive, with 91% on Rotten Tomatoes from 115 reviews, and it did mildly well at the box office.
    • To put this all into perspective, a film version of Teen Titans Go! performed better with professional critics than four of the five then-released installments of the DC Extended Universe. The exception (for the record) was Wonder Woman (2017), a fact that was referenced in this film's teaser trailer.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • One of the biggest issues about Teen Titans Go! is that the writers had almost no time to be creative and often referenced that during some Go! episodes. With a feature-length film, the writers actually had time to write a bigger script. Predictably, it's Self-Deprecation.
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    • After dangling the possibility of Slade making an appearance for years, include a very reviled Ratings Stunt Bait-and-Switch, he finally makes a legitimate voiced appearance in this movie as the Big Bad.
    • The second trailer managed to get people, even some against the series it's based on, to want to see the movie in due to being shockingly better than the teaser trailer (showing more jokes than a fart joke, having an actual plot and showing off action usually unseen in the TV series) while looking much better than it has any right to be.
    • Famous DC superheroes appear in the film and are all actually voiced by famous actors rather than being throwaway cameos.
    • The film has very goofy moments, but it also takes advantage of the medium and manages to include some truly impactful scenes that takes its characters seriously.
  • Awesome Art:
    • The character animation might not be much better than in the show, but the backgrounds of the city look amazing.
    • The best way to see the difference is to take a look of the opening shot of the Titans Tower as seen in the movie and compare that to the shot in the show.
    • The traditionally animated sequences (Robin's The Lion King-esque nightmare, "My Superhero Movie") are gorgeous. All of them were produced and animated in-house at Warner Bros. Animation and it shows.
  • Awesome Music: A remix that combines the Teen Titans and Teen Titans Go! themes plays over the final part of the end credits, and it's great.
  • Captain Obvious Reveal: Jade Wilson is Slade in disguise. Any savvy viewer could figure this out (or, at the very least, that the two are connected somehow) once her name is dropped for the first time. Doesn't help that, later on in the film, she starts acting more blatantly nasty and evil. Lampshaded when Robin tells the other Titans only for Raven to admit she saw it coming a mile away.
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  • Critical Dissonance: Downplayed; the film has been widely well-received from both critics and audiences overall, but the audience rating was 25% around the time of the first teaser, rising to 50% after the first trailer, so audience opinion slowly rose as more information was released and after the film launched. After release, a good number of negative user reviews on Rotten Tomatoes were complaining about the film earning a higher aggregate score than Avengers: Infinity War.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: As the Titans go back to the past to undo their interference with the heroes' origin stories and correct the timeline (already a hilarious and pretty twisted joke), they not only casually lead the Waynes into Crime Alley, ensuring their doom but Raven also happily slaps THE pearl necklace on Martha Wayne!
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  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Stan Lee, due to his surprising presence, and making the most of his only two scenes in the movie. His death shortly after the film's video release made it more poignant than intended.
  • Epileptic Trees: As can be seen on the film's WMG page, guessing the possible offensive jokes in the film (some of which cross the line even further than the show ever would) has become popular with its detractors. Though some of them are clearly just kidding.
  • Fandom Rivalry:
  • Genius Bonus:
    • One of the movie posters seen in the film is of Challengers of the Unknown. Similar to Deathstroke's connection with Deadpool, Challengers of the Unknown predated Fantastic Four, but were overshadowed by the later Marvel comic to the point where not only audiences, but also members of the movie's crew, thought they were created for the film.
    • Cyborg panics that Tiger's dad might be a cop. Michael Bolton's father actually was a police officer, being the chairman of his city's 24th ward.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The only overseas country where this film was a success was Mexico, thanks to it being released at the end of August after the film's two competitors unlike most countries which received the film. It also helps that superhero cartoons are big in Mexico.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Deadpool 2, a film adapting characters belonging to the Distinguished Competition, has Deadpool asking if Cable got his dour personality from the DC Universe. Other than making a neat Mythology Gag for Slade, the ribbing gets inversed when the Titans ask the most serious foe they've faced to date if he's Deadpool himself.
    • Slade's annoyance with the Titans brings to mind My Little Pony: The Movie (2017), another theatrical feature film adaptation of a popular children's show that had its villain harping on the series' gimmicks and also features the voice of Tara Strong.
    • When the Titans sneak into a movie premiere, they see a trailer for a Alfred Pennyworth movie. A little over a week after the trailer for the film came out, which used this scene, Epix announced an Alfred television series.
    • Robin lamenting that he isn't among the superheroes getting their own movie is pretty ironic given that Dick Grayson is getting his own film in the DC Extended Universe, albeit as Nightwing.
    • The Big Bad disguises himself as a woman to work behind the scenes to help fuel his plan for world domination. This was the second time Warner Bros. has had such a villain.
    • This is the second time a DC villain has done a trick involving a pencil, although this one has a much more family-friendly outcome.
    • Jade Wilson plans to build a streaming service called D.O.O.M.S.D.A.Y. where everyone can watch her superhero movies, with the Teen Titans movie being the first to premiere. Warner Bros. released the "DC Universe" streaming service later that same year. Bonus points for Titans (2018) being the first original show on premiere on the service.
    • Slade's plan to control peoples' minds (and all superheroes) via screens is remarkably similar to Screenslaver, with both films being released just weeks apart. What also helps is that both villains have aliases as seemingly-friendly females, took advantage of people spending their time using screens for said control, and even manage to take control of the main protagonist at one point.
    • On December 29, 2015, Cartoon Network ran a nearly all-day marathon of the show this film is based on to compete with an all-day marathon of the Back to the Future series on the Paramount Network (which was known during that time as Spike). This movie has a time-travel sequence that not only spoofs the film said marathon competed with, but it also uses the movie's theme and Huey Louis' "Back In Time" during it.
    • In the first teaser, the Titans talk about how good Wonder Woman is, and how much they suck in comparison. Fast forward to the movie's release, and this movie's Rotten Tomatoes score ended up being higher than that of every DC Extended Universe film at the time... except Wonder Woman.
    • An AV Club article about a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie marathon held for Avengers: Age of Ultron had one user comment that they would like to see a movie where superheroes needed to rescue the world from endless comic book movies. The climax of this film reveals that Slade disguised himself as a Hollywood filmmaker named Jade Wilson, and he's been giving all the DC superheroes movies as an evil plot to mind control the world, leading Robin to try to stop his plan.
    • The basic plot of the movie: the protagonists, who everyone derides for being immature, manages to stop the Big Bad's mind control by singing a song they sung earlier in the film. Now why does that sound so familiar?
    • One of the scenes in the film parodies the "Circle of Life" sequence from The Lion King. Almost a month after the home video release, Disney releases a teaser for the remake.
    • One of the trailers making fun of Aquaman getting his own movie, going off the old joke of him being a lame hero. Then his movie proceeded to come out at the end of the year to become the best received movie in the DCEU by both audience reception and gross.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient: Seeing the 2003 Teen Titans attempt to make a comeback into the spotlight during the movie's credits caused an explosive reaction of shock and joy from that show's fans.
  • It Was His Sled: Thanks to the implications, the content of the movie's first stinger has become well known.
  • Just Here for Godzilla:
    • One thing about the movie that got people interested is the fact that Nicolas Cage finally got to play Superman.
    • The appearance of Slade as the Big Bad also made a fair number of people interested in seeing the movie. He has easily been the most requested character throughout the entire show's run.
    • The return of characters such as the Justice League (with John Stewart representing Green Lantern), including cameos from the Young Justice team, was yet another incentive for people to give the movie a chance.
    • Some of the people watching the movie in theaters probably did so under the promise of the 2003 series getting a sixth season if this movie did well enough. Which may be the case considering the the credits briefly get interrupted by the 2003 Teen Titans telling the audience that they "found a way back".
    • Some people just want to see Stan Lee’s unexpected cameo since nobody thought he would appear in a DC movie adaptation.
    • Some people were willing to watch the movie just because of the Lauren Faust DC Super Hero Girls short that was shown in front of the movie.
    • Some Looney Tunes fans probably just wanted to see the new opening logo animation of the wacky 1940s Daffy Duck, which serves as a preview to an upcoming series of new Looney Tunes shorts.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Though sillier than usual, Slade proves a competent adversary to the Teen Titans. Disguising himself as a film director, Slade plays on superheroes' ego and films a fake movie of them while he moves undetected to steal pieces to a Doomsday Device, even having the unwitting heroes help him build it. Constantly improvising his strategy to deal with the Titans, Slade plays off Robin's desire for his own movie and other underhanded tactics to break the team apart. Tricking Robin into letting him into the Titans' vault, Slade uses his device to mind control the entire world. Coming within a hair's breadth of victory, Slade even remains a Graceful Loser as he is beaten, proclaiming the Titans' song to be "monumentally dope".
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Comparisons to the reviled The Emoji Movie became pretty popular on the film's trailers, as both were extremely unpopular choices for films that were derided as blatant cash grabs, especially since they came in the wake of animated movies based on beloved properties (Popeye and Adventure Time, respectively) being put into Development Hell by their respective studios. People made comments along the lines of it going to be "The Emoji Movie of 2018", "The Emoji Movie 2" or "worse than The Emoji Movie", because if emojis can get a theatrical movie, then anything can. However, these have largely died down with the release of the well-received official trailer, as well as the film turning out to be largely better than expected.
    • "Because if Aquaman can get a movie, anyone can!" Explanation 
    • Baby Kal-El twerking.note 
  • Misaimed Marketing: One trailer where Slade lists various reasons he is better than Deadpool ends with the line, "But sure, go see his movie, because it comes out before mine". The target audience for Teen Titans GO! is definitely too young to watch any Deadpool movies, regardless of when they came out—both films have an R rating.Explanation 
  • Mis-blamed: While Cartoon Network has made some questionable choices before, greenlighting this movie is not one of them, due to the show being produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment rather than Cartoon Network Studios.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: Orchestral versions of the 2003 series' theme, heard several times throughout the movie's score.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
  • Rooting for the Empire: Some people cheered for Slade given the annoying personalities of our "heroes", Will Arnett voicing the villain and Slade making some legitimately funny jabs at the Titans.
  • The Scrappy: Balloon Man has gotten a lot of hatred for being the one responsible for the widely-reviled fart joke shown in the trailers.
  • Signature Scene: The mid-credits scene where the 2003 Titans send a transmission saying they "found a way back".
  • Snark Bait: Even before its release, the movie was the target of mockery for being a spinoff of a show that is also widely reviled by some fans for its juvenile humor and overexposure on Cartoon Network, among other things. The trailers making it look like an extended episode of the show didn't help matters. However, the movie was met with a largely positive reception on its actual release.
  • Squick:
    • The overly long fart joke in the teaser.
    • Same goes for the minute-long prop toilet joke.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: The Big Damn Movie far surpassed the expectations and the quality of the main cartoon series, being praised for actually having deeper writing this time attributed to the writers having a larger timeframe to work with, as well as famous DC heroes and villains being actual characters with voice actors rather than throwaway shout-outs that don't mean anything.
  • Tainted by the Preview:
    • The sneak peek was hit with this hard, with over 10,000 dislikes compared to fewer than 2,000 likes. The biggest reason would be that the animated series is one of the biggest punching bags on the Internet.
      • Even taking the show's reception out of the equation, there are those who disliked the sneak peek teaser because of the poor lip syncing and the overall rushed look of it.
    • The teaser wasn't received much better, with over 13,000 dislikes compared to 6,000 likes, due to having much the same style as the show, both in terms of animation and writing (such as an overly long fart joke). Many took that joke as an indicator of what a majority of the movie's content was going to be.
    • Character design-wise, John Stewart was reviled by everyone as a poor palette swap of Cyborg, believing that more original character designs were needed for a movie that was going into theaters.
    • Actually inverted with the release of the official trailer, coming in at over 20,000 likes compared to more than 6,000 dislikes, for giving the Titans a solid goal to work towards, as well as the long-awaited appearance of Slade deriding them for being too silly.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: Superman and Slade calling out the Titans on never actually doing anything heroic and mocking some of their more fan-reviled antics.
    Robin: We're taking you down!
    Slade: How are you going to do it? What—are you going to fart on me? You wanna have a dance-off? You gonna annoy me to death with your waffles?
    (Cut to Beast Boy and Cyborg dropping their waffles angrily.)
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Replacing Ron Perlman, Slade's voice actor in Teen Titans, with Will Arnett angered a few fans who were hoping that Slade's comeback would have Perlman reprise his role.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: In this movie all about the team wanting to get a movie about them, there's not a single reference to the fact that Cyborg was recently in a major movie role or the fact that he's getting his own solo film in a few years.
  • Trailer Joke Decay: The aforementioned fart joke, which had been featured in every trailer except the first official one.
  • Uncanny Valley: Beast Boy shape-shifting into Lil Yachty in the music video of the "Go!" remix.
  • Unexpected Character:
    • After it was long suspected they would never touch Slade, lo and behold he shows up in the film as the Big Bad.
    • Nobody expected the Titans from the 2003 series to appear in during the credits.
    • Stan Lee appears in a cameo in this movie, something no one expected since this is an adaptation of a DC comic book.note 
  • Win Back the Crowd:
    • While some negativity continued surrounding the movie, the first TV spot was received a little bit better for implying that there would be some actual action and heroics in the movie and for showing more than just the fart joke.
    • Then the official trailer showed even more heroics and the plot, which interested more people.
    • The Stinger had fans cheering.
  • The Woobie: Robin for most of the movie. All of his actions stem from wanting to be taken seriously by a community of superheroes that sees him as nothing more than a pathetic joke and his efforts seem to be shot down at every turn. During the climax, he willingly takes a peek at his solo movie, despite knowing it'll put him under Slade's control, because he wanted to see if it really was as cool as Slade claimed it was. His self-esteem sunk that low.


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