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  • Abandon Shipping:
    • Many longtime BB/Rae shippers abandoned the ship for this specific iteration of the characters when the actors were announced and a large portion of their fanbase were put off by the large age gap between Gar and Rachel's actors.
      • Many fans who did ship these iterations of the two ended up abandoning ship due to her treatment of him in the fifth episode of season 2.
  • Accidental Innuendo: It happens between Kory and Dick, in the episode Together.
    Kory: How did you put it earlier? "We can't fight together unless we know each other's moves", right? So you've already seen mine. Now I wanna see yours.
    • She actually means Dick's combat movements. They still end up having sex a few moments later.
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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: It has its own page now.
  • Angst? What Angst?:
    • Rachel doesn't flinch when she walks past her mother's dead corpse twice. Granted, she was a double-crossing bitch, but still.
      • Her adoptive mother is hit even worse with this, poor woman raised and loved Rachel like she was her own child, full aware of all the danger involved, yet she is treated as if she never existed by her adopted daughter.
    • A short-lived example, through Season 2, Gar seems to have forgotten that he literally ate a scientist.(Though to be fair he did deserve it but for Gar its probably best forgotten to prevent a burden)
    • Similarly, Gar is pretty quick to stop bringing up how poorly Rachel treats him throughout the second season.
    • For someone who gave up on a normal life and trampled on her own moral principles, just to be with "daddy" Deathstroke, Rose shown no sadness over his demise, nor any angst or internal conflict for being manipulated by him and being lied that Jericho is dead, when he is very much alive. And she got over her break up with Jason, quite quickly.
  • Anti-Climax Boss:
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    • Trigon, the ancient demon so dangerous that an entire alien race devoted themselves to preventing his return by any means necessary, and achieved an apparent The Bad Guy Wins at the end of Season 1... is easily disposed of in the Season 2 premiere with Raven simply pulling a new power out of her ass to send him back to his own dimension, or maybe even kill him, it’s really not clear. The show runners revealed this was actually intended to be the Season 1 finale until they decided to go with a cliffhanger ending instead. But still, fans rolled their eyes 9 months for such an obvious conclusion.
    • Then there's Deathstroke, who was quickly set up as the main antagonist of season 2 and his threat was felt even when he wasn't around... only for him to be killed early into the season 2 finale and replaced as the main antagonist by Cadmus Laboratories, who didn't show up until the season's sixth episode.
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  • Arc Fatigue: Dick's transition from Robin to Nightwing takes about two seasons. It would've happened at the end of the first one had the writers not changed their minds at the last moment.
  • Ass Pull:
    • There was no foreshadowing to Gar being able to turn into anything but a tiger, until he transforms into a snake in the Season 2 premiere.
    • In "Nightwing", after her Heel–Face Turn, Rose declares that the Titans are her true family. The problem is that the Titans spent the whole Season 2, being mostly huge jerks to each other, threatening each other or breaking apart because of the lies and other unresolved issues of the past, instead of being the surrogate family they are supposed to be. Beside, she barely has any screentime with them, except for Jason, Dick and Raven. So, is really hard to see why Rose would join and see them as family, when in this regard they didn't come off too different from Slade.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • For the very, VERY large hatedom of Teen Titans Go!, and for fans of both the comics and the 2003 animated series, the mere existence of this series is considered an example of this trope, especially by those hoping for a darker take on the Titans.
    • Season two is clearly trying to be Lighter and Softer than the grimdark first season, which includes retconning things like why Starfire is on Earth. While the show is still very serious and has a lot of mature content, it's not as excessively dark and bloody as it was in Season 1. Though this has led to many criticizing the writers for taking the lazy way out of correcting the show's many issues.
    • Minor case, but the wigs used for certain characters (Rachel's especially) got lambasted to hell and back by the fandom due to them being badly applied in many scenes. In season 2, these characters all got new wigs, which are far more complimentary to their faces and overall more pleasing to the eye.
    • Another minor case. Season 2 sees Kory wear much less trashy looking clothes, leading to far less comments about "Hookerfire."
    • Season 2 sees a much more positive portrayal of Bruce, with his self titled episode even implying he's a Morality Pet of sorts to Dick. Although this was greatly appreciated, many a fan has pointed out that it makes Dick's attitude toward Bruce in the prior season come off as even more unsympathetic than before.
    • In contrast to the above, season 2 sees Dick actively take responsibility for his actions (albeit they're different actions than the ones he took from the first season). This likewise lead to mix results, as while it made Dick far more sympathetic, it also resulted in other characters in-universe using him as The Scapegoat, leading those characters to become Unintentionally Unsympathetic instead.
  • Awesome Music: Titans has a rich soundtrack, enough to guarantee its own page.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Dick Grayson. He's either an interesting take on the character, or a very dull take on him that repeats plot points throughout the first season and doesn't offer enough to be particularly likable.
    • Rachel Roth. While she's an undeniably sympathetic character, many fans have pointed to her uncharacteristic abuse of Garfield throughout the second season, and seeming lack of real focus in the first season despite arguably being the most important character story-wise(likely due to the season spending most of it's time focusing on Dick) as being good reasons to not like her. Her sorta squicky romantic subtext with Gar only makes this worse.
  • Cant Unhear It: Much like Ron Perlman and Manu Bennett before him, Esai Morales’ portrayal of Slade has been praised and been very warmly received by the fan base. Of note is his excellent, very coldblooded and physical performance as he takes the taciturn Slade and makes him terrifying without saying much at all.
  • Captain Obvious Reveal: We totally did not expect for Rose to be the new Terra, from the very beginning!
  • Catharsis Factor:
    • Hank savagely beating his pedophiliac coach, Vincent, to death for hurting Dawn and for raping him as a child. After Dawn discovers pictures of kids in his laptop and decides to watch Hank deal with him, his fate was sealed. And. it. is. satisfying.
    • Raven defeating Trigon in the Season 2 premiere, given all the horrible things he and his influence put her through during the entirety of the first season.
    • For fans who find her to be Unintentionally Unsympathetic, Gar calling Rachel out on being a Hypocrite in season 2 episode 5 is this, even if it she immediately lashes out at him again afterward.
    • Likewise, for those who have a less than positive view on Dawn's character, watching Hank realize how toxic their relationship might actually be (coming to the conclusion that they're essentially using each other and crime fighting as unhealthy coping mechanisms for their traumas) and proceeding to break up with her in order to try and figure things out on his own made more than a few fans happy. Watching her angry reaction to him calling it quits is especially fun to watch for those who find her Unintentionally Unsympathetic.
  • Complete Monster:
    • Trigon, Big Bad of season one, is the evil, world-destroying demon that the Organization worships, and is actually the father of Rachel Roth and the source of her dark powers. Trigon seeks to use his own daughter as a gateway to cross back into the world, using his cult of personality the Organization to butcher and torture swathes of people and having her mother Angela Azarath manipulate Rachel into his clutches. Once he crosses through, Trigon proceeds to Mind Rape almost all of Rachel's friends into his broken slaves, having them beat Gar into a bloody pulp to shatter Rachel's heart before literally tearing Rachel's heart out of her chest. Trigon even breaks Angela's neck to "housekeep" before he prepares to set out to swallow the Earth in darkness, devastating it of life and continuing on to destroy all life in the universe.
    • "Hank and Dawn": Vincent, Hank Hall's old gym coach, proves himself far worse than even many superpowered characters, preying on his young students to molest them at his whim. Vincent goads Hank's young brother into his clutches by threatening to have Hank expelled from his prestigious school, raping Hank instead when he substitutes himself. A laptop discovered in the present day reveals he has pictures of countless other kids he'd targeted before him.
  • Creator's Pet: This accusation has been thrown at Dawn/Dove II starting in season 2. The writers portray her as a pinnacle of morality, Dick and Hank are both deeply in love with her, and she keeps getting inserted into plotlines that have very little to do with her, often at the expense of other characters getting screen time during scenes that they should logically be in. Her being portrayed as a Morality Pet to Dick and Hank has been met with eyerolls, due to her characterization coming off far more like an example of Toxic Friend Influence who encourages them to do questionable things (such as encouraging Dick to "be Batman") only to backtrack when things don't go her way and act like they're the only guilty parties despite having previously encouraged their actions or behaviors.
  • Creepy Awesome: Slade is walking Nightmare Fuel, but this is the thing that makes the fandom give him the Draco in Leather Pants treatment. His general creepiness, the genuine threat he represents, the psychological traumas he is capable inflicting on others, and the fact he is similar in some aspects with his most popular iteration made many people embrace his appearance from the very beginning.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Has its own page.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
    • Angela Azarath, Rachel's Manipulative Bitch of a (biological) mother, as played by the gorgeous Rachel Nichols. Quite appropriately, Angela is wearing a plunging blouse in contrast to her usually modest attires during The Reveal that she's really Evil All Along.
    • On the male side, we have Deathstroke, played by Esai Morales. Since his introduction, Slade garnered a lot of fangirls. The fact he was shown flexing his muscles several times certainly doesn't hurt.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Donna and Kory are well liked among LGBT+ fans, who view their bickering at the end of season 1 as Unresolved Sexual Tension. It helps that the characters had a lot of Les Yay in the original comics. By season 2 these iterations have gained some legitimate Les Yay in their own right.
    • Jay/Gar went from a case of Ships That Pass in the Night to this due to their increased Ho Yay in season 2, as well as several BB/Rae shippers jumping into the water due to her treatment of him in Season 2 episode 5.
    • Jason Todd being shipped with Conner Kent (Superboy), after the latter saved him from a stories-high fall in Season 2.
    • Another Jason Todd ship that gained a quick increasing following is Jason/Rose aka Jayrose. The ship already had a small pack of shippers due to Jason and Rose having a thing in the New 52. Their comicbook counterparts have a lot in common, like being betrayed by a relative, getting kidnapped and tortured, tones of daddy issues, were left aside and considered the black sheep for no good reason. All those woobiefying events just add more flavor to the ship.
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • To say that fans of the animated series have been critical of this series' tone would be a massive understatement. Those defending it have been just as vocal, especially in saying that the series' tone is just as true to the comics and the series shouldn't be expected to copy the animated series, especially when the animated series deviated from the comics in a lot of ways.
    • There's also a minor one with fans of the DCEU as Ryan Potter had campaigned to play Tim Drake in the solo Batman film and those who are keen on the idea are worried that his role here will prevent him from playing a part in the films. Furthermore, there are a number of DCEU fans upset that the show has been critically praised despite sharing the same dark and gritty first impressions.
    • The Arrowverse also came in for some thanks to Warner Brothers inexplicably allowing the show to use Deathstroke, shortly after they'd made a big deal about how Arrow couldn't use him anymore because they wanted to put him in the DCEU and the fans couldn't possibly accept two simultaneous versions of the character.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • With the Young Justice fanbase, since this show and Outsiders are the first two originals announced for the DC Universe streaming service. It also helps that both franchises were screwed over by Turner-owned networks; TNT backed out of Titans, while Cartoon Network cancelled Young Justice (and nearly every other DC-based show). Many are looking forward to both shows, and often share the same communities.
    • The Arrowverse fandom has warmly welcomed the show, especially Arrow fans who are hoping that Manu Bennett's Slade Wilson could be transplanted over. But that will never happen because Esai Morales was cast to play Deathstroke in Season 2.
    • There's also a bit of overlap with DCEU fans who have defended the show's tone as being closer to the original run in the same way that they have for the films. Both have been hit with criticism for their similarly bleak and edgy tone, so fans who like the DCEU for this aspect are just as interested in the show. Many DCEU fans have also noted the parallels between that version of Bruce and the Titans version of Dick and appreciate the show for them.
    • There's a considerable overlap between fans of Titans (2018) and fans of Marvel Cinematic Universe shows such as Daredevil (2015) and Jessica Jones (2015). In light of the news that the former (along with several other MCU shows) has been cancelled despite strong critical and audience reception, many Daredevil fans are rooting for Titans to continue the trend of gritty, mature superhero shows with serialized storytelling.
    • On the other hand, those who were fans of Teen Titans Slade welcomed this show version of him very warmly. For them, this is what animated Slade would have been if not for the age restrictions. Both versions of Slade seem to inspire same creepiness, cool factor and menacing presence that made the character one of the most chilling villains ever.
  • Genius Bonus: Rose and Jason quote West Side Story, which is a modern-day retelling of Romeo and Juliet in which a girl and a guy tied to rival street gangs fall in love. Their relationship is teared apart by the conflicts between their friends and families. Which reflects their situation in the show with the whole "Titans vs Deathstroke".
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Dick encourages Jason Todd to remove the tracking beacon in his forearm, that Batman place there. Jason, in the comics, gets beaten to death by Joker because Batman couldn’t get locate him fast enough to save him.
    • All of Dick's hatred towards Bruce in Season #1 becomes completely unsympathetic after the reveal that Bruce was nowhere near as bad as Dick had claimed.
    • Show Slade is already a monstrous Manipulative Bastard and cuts Rose's eye ball out without her consent so her infiltration in the team to be as credible as possible. In the comics, this is by far worse and so much more disturbing; Rose is a lot younger, gets injected with a super serum by Slade without her consent, and the side effect is a violent Sanity Slippage. In her psychosis, Rose cuts her own eye, and only after she becomes lucid again, realizes the horror, but Slade forces a second dose of super serum on her, making Rose to go completely nuts, but a loyal dog to him. As if it wasn't enough, he puts a green kryptonite in her empty eye-sock, that could provoke her a near-fatal cancer, again without her even knowing.
    • For the better or the worse, one of the main reasons Jason Todd is so popular is his deep hatred of cops. Jason implied that during his days as a street kid, he was a victim of police brutality, therefore, when he brutally attacked some cops for no other reason then the fact that he could, the fandom cheered up for him. This takes a darker turn with the rise of riots against police brutality that have erupted across the United States in the summer of 2020, following the death of George Floyd in police custody.
  • He's Just Hiding!: What some fans theorizes about Deathstroke's demise in Season 2 final. It doesn't help that he was supposed to be shown alive, on a hospital bed.
  • He Really Can Act:
    • Brenton Thwaites quickly won over many of the viewers that were skeptical before the first episode aired and delivered a much more nuanced performance than people anticipated from his previous body of work. Even those who hate the show have admitted he's a pretty good actor.
    • Curran Walters was received very cold when he was cast as Jason Todd, especially by those who couldn't see other Jason Todd than Jensen Ackles interpretation. Most were surprised by his very natural acting and think he did a good job by the way he brought to life such a controversial character as Jason Todd. People consider the scenes where Jason tried to kill himself and the one where he breaks down in tears as he learns the truth about Rose to be Curran's best performances.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • It was commonly stated by many that Greg Berlanti would be a better choice to run the cinematic universe due to his DC shows being considerably lighter. Then the trailer for this series dropped and he was hit with the same accusations of making heroes needlessly darker and grittier. It's arguably even more damning for Berlanti as Zack Snyder never resorted to having heroes say "fuck" for cheap shock value and his films were visually amazing in contrast to the other complaints against this series.
    • Speaking of the infamous "Fuck Batman", it was frequently cited as an example of the series being another humourless Darker and Edgier reboot. The full scene, though still being brutally violent, actually starts with a joke of Robin appearing and all the mooks immediately looking up in search of Batman, with Robin giving an exasperated "Fuck Batman" after taking them all down single-handed.
    • And then the "even Snyder never resorted to heroes saying fuck" criticism becomes even more hilarious when Snyder revealed that Batman would drop an F-bomb in the Snyder Cut, if it wasn't already noted that he had already had Batman say "shit" in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
    • Rachel calling Dawn "Khaleesi" once they bond is this for a number of reasons:
    • In the Japanese dub, Yūki Kaji's role as Robin is pretty hilarious if you consider his most famous role as Eren Yeager in Attack on Titan: Leaving aside the sole name of the franchise, his role in this series is a mix between Eren and, ironically enough, Levi, his senior officer in the manga and the anime series, as Levi is also a no-nonsense protagonist with acrobatic abilities who was trained by a brutal man (Batman/Bruce Wayne and Kenny respectively) who have to fight against man-eating beings named Titans. Extra points that, much later in both the manga and the anime, Eren became a Titan.
    • Iain Glen plays Bruce Wayne on this show. He also played Nite-Owl in a 2003 test footage for a Watchmen movie.
    • Deathstroke getting another adaptation has lead to the fandom joking "not Deathstroke again" and how they are gonna pay him to stop appearing everywhere. The thing is, between 2015 and 2020, Deathstroke had a sudden burst of multiple featurings, in no less than 9 adaptations where he had a prominent role, being either The Heavy or a Villain Protagonist: Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, Young Justice, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract, Justice League (2017), Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons, Batman Ninja, DC Super Hero Girls 2019, Batman: Arkham Knight, and, of course, Titans (2018).
  • Ho Yay:
    • Hank and Garth in the Whole Episode Flashback have a few moments.
    • Jason is very rough around the edges to just about everyone other than Gar, who he's actually very sweet to the majority of the time. Notable examples include Jay very softly assuring Gar that when he's talking about "rejects" he's referring to himself and not Gar, and Rose referring to Jason as "your boy" when talking to Gar.
    • Kory and Donna can be read with a certain amount of Les Yay.
    • Pretty much the only character Rose opens up to in the first three episodes of season 2 is Rachel.
    • Jericho and Dick. Out of all OG Titans, Jericho was the closest to Dick. In episode 2x11, Dick's own hallucination of Bruce insinuate that Dick loved Jericho.
    • Jason Todd bonding with Superboy/Conner Kent after he saved his life.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Hank/Hawk is a Jerk Jock with a Hidden Heart of Gold, who not only couldn't pursue a college football career due to getting knocked in the head a few too many times, but also lost his little brother and former partner in a freak road accident, and even had to deal with years of sexual abuse as a child.
    • Jason Todd is a teenager who's dealing with the negatives of being a Legacy Character and by season 2 is suffering from a Inferiority Superiority Complex and worries that his new adoptive father sent him with his new Aloof Big Brother because he's a "reject." Then, while trying to prove himself to the older Titans, who have been keeping him, Gar, and Rachel out of the loop, he gets kidnapped and tortured by Deathstroke, and would have died if not for Superboy’s timely intervention. Subsequently, Jason winds up suffering PTSD after his near death experience.
  • Just Here for Godzilla:
    • A number of Doom Patrol fans have announced that they plan to watch up to the episode where the titular team is introduced, and check out the moment it's over (as well as any future episodes in which the Patrol appear.)
    • A similar reaction was had by fans of Donna Troy and Jason Todd since the former is very rarely used outside of the comics and the latter is rarely used as Robin, with his time as part of the legacy often being skipped over outside the comics if not completely ignored in favor of portraying either Tim Drake or Damian Wayne sooner. Though sadly, many were disappointed in the former's less than appealing personality in Season 2, but the number of people who tune in for Jason has only increased!
    • Some fans are only interested in the episodes that focus on Hank and Dawn, due to finding the Battle Couple more interesting than the core 4 characters. That is, until Season 2.
    • Fans who find Dick and Rachel, who are arguably the two driving forces of the plot, to be Unintentionally Unsympathetic watch the show for Gar and Kory instead. However, after the actions of the latter during Season #2, this group has mostly disappeared.
    • Many people who were not very pleased by Season 2, still watched the season just to see if Brenton Thwaites' ass makes him worth of being Nightwing.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships:
    • Dick Grayson, to nobody's big surprise. He is shipped with people of any gender: Dawn, Kory, Jericho, Jason.
    • To a lesser extend, Jason Todd, who is shipped with Rose, Gar and Conner most of time.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "Fuck Batman".Explanation 
    • "Hookerfire" (or referring to Starfire as resembling a hooker in general). Explanation 
    • Dick's frightened reaction to seeing Gar's tiger form for the first time.
    • Dick leaves the group, again.
    • The scene of Negative Man/Larry cooking is beloved by fans.
    • "How many Robins are there?" Sometimes followed by an image of one of the many various Batmans saying "Not enough."
    • Begging the showrunners to show Wally West/The Flash, Garth/Aqualad/Tempest, and Roy Harper/Speedy/Arsenal/Red Arrow for just one episode so they can team up with Dick and Donna for some "Fab Five" content in increasingly desperate ways. Became a bit of a Death Meme after Garth's death.
    • New Wigs!
    • Jason Todd constantly annoying others. Some people even made videos of him being annoying.
    • Jason reaction is all heart eyes over Rose Wilson before even meeting her for beating, well, cops.Explanation 
    • Deathstroke the "Another adaptation". Explanation 
  • Mis-blamed: The reaction to Anna Diop's casting as Starfire led to many claiming that the character was being racelifted for diversity's sake (despite the fact that Starfire is an orange alien who is sometimes depicted as a dark orange). However, casting call leaks show that the audition was "open ethnicity".
  • Narm:
    • Beast Boy's tiger form is undoubtedly impressive for a TV show, but by the fourth or fifth time in a row he uses it, it becomes painfully clear that the show is just trying to reuse the model to keep the effects budget down. And it really doesn't help that in some scenes, the lighting makes it painfully obvious how fake it is.
    • The Establishing Team Shot of the Titans finally standing together after their first fight as a team would've be awesome, except that Starfire didn't actually take part in the fighting and only got knocked around mere seconds ago.
    • Rose's first scene, fighting a bunch of cops who apparently are under the impression that their guns are just weird-shaped clubs, with not a single bullet being fired.
    • Raven's evil-self that appears via reflection sometimes speaks like a school bully rather than a demonic entity that's trying to force her into embracing her demonic heritage.
      • Likewise, Rachel constantly talking about her "dark side/darkness" is this for some fans.
    • The season 1 finale spends the vast majority of its time setting up Dick's eventual possession by Trigon. It also sets up Hank, Dawn, Donna, Kory, and Jason as the cavalry. Come the first season 2 episode, the characters who were hinted to be the much hyped Big Damn Heroes not only don't fulfill that role, but the five of them get possessed almost hilariously fast in comparison to Dick. (Again, Dick had an entire episode, whereas all five of them last, at most, three minutes each). The two worst has to be the reveal that Hank and Dawn are drug addicts (and Trigon using that as a way to control them), an aspect of their characters that had absolutely no foreshadowing, and Kory immediately deciding to just off the fake Raven despite her clearly pre-established desire to protect her and horror she felt the last time she attacked the girl. The fact that this was somewhat meant to be the Season 1 finale, it's like they didn't take the time to properly rewrite it.
    • The way Minka Kelly borderline whispers nearly all of her dialogue as Dawn is this for many viewers.
    • Despite Curran's amazing delivering, in the scene where Jason breaks up with Rose, having the character saying "huh" after every proposition looks a little like overkill.
  • Narm Charm:
    • In the episode "Origins", despite the flashbacks to when Dick first went to live with Bruce, we don't actually see Bruce's face or see him interact with Dick. The extent of the efforts to keep him out of sight verges on ridiculous, but as Batman has always been portrayed as rather dramatic, it comes across as enjoyably so.
    • Jason and Rose quoting a song from West Side Story may look silly at first, but is cheesy in a heartwarming kind of way; mainly because it adds depth to both characters while developing dynamics they never had in the comics.
    • Eve's escape from Cadmus Labs is by simply grabbing hold of Krypto and letting him rocket her through a window manages to be completely ridiculous and yet makes perfect sense. The Special Effect Failure adds to the goofy charm, too.
  • Nausea Fuel:
    • For people who are afraid of blood, the various blood effects can be this. We also get to see a few charred bodies thanks to Kory's powers. However, after awhile the blood effects go from gross to sort of hilarious thanks to how overdone they are.
    • The scene where the pedo coach tries to manipulate a young Don and Hank into being alone with him is skin crawling; even worse since it's clear that Hank knows exactly what is going on and ends up sacrificing himself to molestation to save Don from it, with implication that this isn't the first time this has happened to him.
    • Rose's empty eye socket is shown very graphic in episode 2x03. Yuck.
  • Newer Than They Think: Somewhat conversely with the below-mentioned Older Than They Think, but a lot of fans have professed how dark the Titans comics are to justify the edgy tone of the initial trailer. While the classic Wolfman-Perez run was mature, grittiness to the extent shown is more something associated with the runs of the 2000s period, where there were frequent character deaths and shocking storylines. Another thing that's also not noted is that this period of Darker and Edgier was generally considered a Dork Age to fans of the older runs.
  • No Yay: Quite a large portion of viewers have admitted that the hints of a possible Beast Boy/Raven relationship happening down the road grosses them out due to the large age difference between the actors (there is almost a 10 year difference between Ryan Potter and Teagan Croft, and Croft is also noticeably a minor). Even some BB/Rae shippers from the comics and the 2003 cartoon have admitted discomfort due to this. (Of course, this hasn't stopped everyone from shipping the two together).
    • The vast majority of the fandom seems to be against the idea of shipping Superboy with anyone due to him being described several times along the lines of, "the world's most deadly infant," in a variety of ways by others in-universe. The fanbase at large seem to be hoping that the writer's won't give him a love interest until at least season 3, with hopes that will be enough time to get some life experience under his belt.
  • Older Than They Think:
    • The idea of Titans being Darker and Edgier and skewing towards the R-rated is not unique to this show, it's just that due to Adaptation Displacement that it's often seen that way and has even bled into later runs in the actual comics. Despite them, there were many dark and mature aspects of the story that wasn't meant for kids in any possible way, with some runs being excessively violent. It's most likely that this is where Titans is taking their influence from rather than the impact of the animated series, which in turn helps distinguish itself while utilizing the freedom of the streaming service.
    • Dick Grayson's attitude towards Batman is also hardly new, as this was the status quo in The '90s, before they eventually reconciled in his solo series, and in Batman: The Animated Series after he left and became Nightwing.
    • Although the short hair Starfire is wearing is new, Starfire having curly hair, on the other hand, is something that was present in her early years.note  Thanks to Adaptation Displacement from a combination of her portrayal in the comics in recent years and both animated series, more people are likely to associate her with the straight hair she's shown having in those (most prominently the 2003 series).
      • On another note of Adaptation Displacement, some fans are lambasting Starfire's signature power being colored orange and resembling blasts of fire instead of the green energy that she utilized in the 2003 series. The truth of the matter is that Starfire's blasts have been portrayed as numerous colors over the ages, from the familiar green to pink to even the orange color being complained about and additionally there have been numerous times her powers have resembled flames as well.
      • Starfire's use of lethal force has gotten some criticism as being out of character. However, the comic book version has never followed the no killing rule.
    • There was also some backdraft against Raven's lack of grey skin. Again, this is a case of Adaptation Displacement; originally, she had tan skin.
    • Some fans have stated confusion with Dawn's lack of pacifism, something the Dove character is considered famous for... However that trait was very specifically Don's. Dawn was from the get-go ready and willing to hurt the villains she fought, only gaining pacifistic behavior when later writers began treating her as a Distaff Counterpart to Don.
    • There are fans who groaned at the show's version of Bruce Wayne being blonde. Iain Glen is actually not the first blonde actor to play the Dark Knight — that was the late Adam West in the famous 60s TV show.
    • More than a few fans reacted with confusion about Gar only being able to turn into a tiger, with most chalking it up to a limitation in the special effects budget. It may actually be a reference to how in most continuities, when he first gets his powers, Gar typically can't turn into more than a small handful of animals for a time. It could also be a reference to Teen Titans: Earth One, where he seems to only be able to turn into a strange werecat form. However, after turning into a snake with no difficulty in Season #2, it becomes pretty obvious it really is just due to a low budget not allowing them to have more models for his transformations.
    • Hank's hostile reaction to Jason is not something new the show runners created just for drama. This is in line with their relationship in the comics. In 1986’s ‘The New Teen Titans’ #20, Donna Troy had to put a team of substitute Teen Titans together, including Jason Todd (who'd only recently become Robin) and Hank Hall (who was still processing his brother Don’s death). Hawk belittled Jason at every turn, making it clear he saw the teen as nothing more than a unseasoned rookie.
  • Relationship Writing Fumble: Possibly. Several cases of Word of Saint Paul, most noticeably from Gar's actor, Ryan Potter, has indicated that Gar and Rachel are suppose to be Like Brother and Sister. However, many of their interactions in the first season, as well as several moments in the first few episodes of season 2, are written in ways that are far more common of the "outsider teen romance" genre. Not helping is that Kory seems to ship them in-universe.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: The general consensus among the fan base is that the love triangle between Hank, Dawn, and Dick is not only annoying due to being badly written, but completely unnecessary. The boys are completely head-over-heels in love with her (with it being stated that she's "the one that got away" for Dick) but (as described in Alternate Character Interpretation, Creator's Pet, and Unintentionally Unsympathetic) she comes off as an incredibly toxic, manipulative cheater; leading many fans to wonder what Dick and Hank even see in her. There's also the fact that Dawn feels like a plot-induced roadblock to Dick getting together with Kory, who he's been heavily teased with since meeting her, and it feels like the writers were attempting to add a bunch of unnecessary drama in an already dramatic show.
  • Rooting for the Empire: The episode "Bruce Wayne" offers perhaps the show's biggest Kick the Dog moment yet for the heroes. Deathstroke hides in the tower and screws around with the Titans by placing around items from bad past memories, and who do they accuse first? Jason Todd, who just got out of a lingering near-death experience that he relives through day dreaming, and laying into him drives him to almost jump off the roof. Fans who aren't quick to forgive them probably wouldn't mind Deathstroke making them suffer.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Dawn Granger. Since Season 2 started, she slowly lost a lot of fans most probably because of her Holier Than Thou attitude, for being a cheater with toxic influence on both Dick and Hank and for clearly becoming a Creator's Pet. A huge part of the Titans fandom was displeased with her increasing screen time, while the showrunners put aside characters that are more related to the main plot than her, like Rachel, Gar and Rose.
      • The subplot also has in turn made Hank less than liked among fans, due to his Out of Character behavior and generally making quite a few stupid decisions.
    • Trigon, who after a season of build-up is dealt away with after just one episode, leaving close to no impact on much of anything in the series. His horrible special effects only make this worse.
  • Seasonal Rot: Season 2 was even more divisive between critics and fans compared to Season 1 (which already had a very divisive reaction). The first episode was criticized because the villain Trigon was defeated in a quick, easy and anticlimactic manner, but some fans argued that this could easily be overlooked because the episode was originally the season finale of Season 1.
    • However, the storyline with the main villain is once again a slow burn, perhaps even more because of the flashback episodes and other unconnected villains and plotlines (Cadmus and Conner, Blackfire and Kory).
    • Gar and Rachel suffer Out of Focus in the season, with Jason and the remaining OG Titans getting more screentime.
    • Many fans have also criticized the fact that most characters suffer from Took a Level in Jerkass, making it difficult for viewers to identify and sympathize with them. And the heroes who are truly deemed sympathetic (Gar and Conner) are kidnapped, tortured and brainwashed, just to provide the jerkier heroes a reason to get back together.
    • Finally, the season finale events, especially the fates of Deathstroke and Donna were received with controversy, to say the least. In general, even the season's biggest supporters admit there are issues that need to be fixed by the writers in Season 3.
  • Ships That Pass in the Night: Jason/Gar and Jason/Rachel both have a bit of a following.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat:
    • Dawn/Hawk vs Dawn/Dick vs Dick/Kory vs Kory/Donna. Notable is that, for a four way ship war, it's been rather tame.
    • Season 2 sees the beginning of one between Gar/Jay and BB/Rae shippers.
    • There is a bit of this with Tim/Conner fans as they were not happy with Conner saving Jason, which led to a Jason/Conner following.
  • Signature Scene: Robin brutally attacking criminals and saying "fuck Batman" is easily the most well-known part of the trailer, for better or worse.
    • Ironically, the scene of Negative Man cooking is one of the most beloved scenes in the entire first season, which acted as a form of meta foreshadowing towards Doom Patrol becoming a More Popular Spin Off.
  • Slow-Paced Beginning: The first three episodes are largely about setting the groundwork for the team to come together and the plot to get going, being mostly exposition and backstory while being fairly light on action or story progression.
  • Special Effect Failure: It's pretty clear that some of the sound effects used in the first trailer are Stock Sound Effects. Some people even commented that some of them sounded like they had been lifted straight from the Batman: Arkham Series games.
    • Trigon looks absolutely terrible, especially while moving.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Jason Todd and Rose Wilson, they kissed after a single conversation with each other, and after only 2 episodes spent having them properly interacting, they were already in a very deep relationship, as if their have been involved with each other by many years. Still, somewhat the ship works, mostly because their very few interactions were used to show what Hidden Depths the characters have.
  • Tainted by the Preview:
    • The set photos showing Starfire, Beast Boy and Raven soured the project in many fans' eyes after the promising costume reveal for Robin.
    • The news that Titans would be an R-rated series has some fans split. While many are glad that it won't pull any punches and deliver a full experience that takes advantage of the streaming platform, others aren't happy that a series known for being lighthearted will be made Darker and Edgier. That said, the dark tone is Older Than They Think, as much of the notoriety for being light came from the animated series and later runs, and many stories including the Wolfman-Perez era were in fact very dark and mature.
    • The first trailer itself was released to decidedly lukewarm reception and gave a very negative first impression of the show. Common points of contention were drastically changing the Titans, the use of obvious Stock Sound Effects and its over-the-top Darker and Edgier tone. Perhaps most infamously, the trailer was edited to make it appear as if Robin of all people was killing criminals, and he drops an F-bomb in a bizarre context that made it seem like he did it for the sake of being edgy. It got a hatedom that's as vocal as Teen Titans Go! but in the opposite direction. Many were especially worried because this show is the start of a new universe that other series like Doom Patrol (2019) are supposed to spawn from. All future trailers made sure to show the lighter aspects of the show as if to do damage control.
    • While the fans response to Jason finally becoming Red Hood was mostly positive, the character's official logline for season 3 made them worry about the execution of his Myth Arc instead. Jason donning the Red Hood persona because he becomes obsessed with taking down his old team generated waves of different opinions, from worried to down right negative because in the comics, The Joker and Batman were the ones who played a crucial roles in turning the character into an Anti-Villain, whereas the Titans were nowherenote . Most of people think that hating the Titans and lack of personal history with them are very weak justifications to become Red Hood, given all the traumatic events Jason Todd went through in the comics by comparison with the show, as well his motivations. There is also the fact that Curran Walters himself heartfully waited to see how A Death in the Family and Red Hood: The Lost Days would be adapted to fit the show. The consensus is that Jason Todd was robbed of his most iconic storylines. However, it was eventually revealed that A Death In The Family would be adopted in some way, and that Jason would end up being brutally beaten by the Joker (crowbar and all).
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: There's been some gnashing of teeth over Starfire, Beast Boy and Raven no longer having their signature skin colours (though in the case of Starfire and Beast Boy, their skin changes shade to that of their original counterparts when they use their powers and in Raven's case, her grey skin originated in the Teen Titans cartoon, meaning her possessing normal skin tones is Older Than They Think).
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Amy Rohrbach, Dick's new partner at the Detroit Police Department, gets brutally murdered by the Nuclear Family in the second episode.
    • Rose Wilson. Being an Ensemble Dark Horse, people felt she was underused, especially given that she kick starts the storyline of Season 2, yet she barely shares any scenes with the Titans. Many fans agreed that she was rather a plot device for Jason or Slade than a character.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The idea of Batman snapping and killing his rogues gallery sounds like an awesome premise for an Alternate Universe Nightwing origin story, where Dick would have to go solo to fight not only Gotham's remaining criminals, but also Batman and Jason's Robin who'd actually been trained to kill by this insane Batman. Here it's Only A Dream.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Because of the Teen Titans' insane popularity, many fans expected this show to be a live action of the animated show, which, because of its status as Adaptation Displacement/ Audience-Coloring Adaptation is often regarded as THE only true Titans among many generations of fans. The success of the former instantly affected the show before it even aired.
  • Too Bleak, Stopped Caring: Widely regarded as the biggest problem with the show. Whether it be that most of the cast is Darker and Edgier to the point of parody (even when compared to the comics where they did the same), the fact that the team seems to say they're like a family despite constantly screwing each other over and lacking any sort of empathy for one another's problems (such as when they all bullied Jason to the point where he nearly killed himself and seemingly none of them apologized for it, or when Hawk and Dove get a kid killed only to barely react and then sing at at a country bar as if nothing happened), or that after the second season anything can seemingly be retconned out of the show no matter how important of a plot point, it really causes the audience to wonder why they should even care about these characters.
  • Unexpected Character:
    • Few could've guessed that the main villain of Titans would be the Acolyte, best known in the comics as the antagonist to their successor team Young Justice.
    • Donna Troy is a classic Titan and fan-favorite, but nonetheless shackled with many legal issues in the past that prevented her from ever appearing outside the comics, and thus thought unavailable to be used (or thought that DC was screwing her over). Here, she makes her historical live-action debut in this series.
    • Batman is typically off-limits by DC due to an embargo preventing more than one primary version of Batman at a time, not wanting the character to be confused with his movie counterpart. The fact that Batman will not only exist here, but actually has casting calls to indicate he'll make onscreen appearances, was a surprise to some people. It's speculated that they're given more leeway as it's on their private streaming service rather than a network channel with non-DC shows.
    • The Nuclear Family are a very obscure supervillain team from DC Comics, so them being represented here was quite a surprise.
    • Konstantin Kovar is such a minor villain that many people thought he was just a Canon Foreigner in Arrow so him showing up here (with no indication that his son, the Titans member Red Star would appear) was definitely out of left-field.
    • Jason Todd as Robin since most adaptations either only acknowledge him after his death or skip over him entirely in order to focus on Tim or Damian.
    • The Stinger to the season one finale shows Superboy Kon-El and Krypto the Superdog. Probably no one expected these two to show up in live action form... again.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Hank is hit with The Complainer Is Always Wrong trope quite a bit but many fans have pointed out that it feels more like the Jerkass Has a Point.
    • Season 1 goes out of its way to demonize Bruce and imply he's the reason Dick is so messed up. However, his stated negative qualities often come off as informed flaws that we're just suppose to take the writers' and Dick's word for. Even his one definitively bad act, putting a tracer in Dick without his knowledge (and latter convincing Jason to get the same implant), comes off as far more sympathetic when you remember a) what happened to Jason in the comics, b) that Hank at one point in s1 got captured and (briefly) tortured by a gang, and c) the tracer in Jason being one of the key helping points to getting him away from Deathstroke after his kidnapping. After the negative reaction to his portrayal in S1 the writers gave Bruce a much appreciated characterization overhaul with his self titled episode even implying he's something of a Morality Pet to Dick. However, this only had the unintentional side effect of making Dick seem even more unreasonable in his opinion of Bruce, and ultimately causing the writers to come across as lazy.
    • Season 2 sees nearly every character blame Dick for Jericho's death. Never mind the fact that not only were the other founders in on the plan to use him to get to Deathstroke and could have put a stop to the plan at literally any time, but that Deathstroke himself was the one to land a killing blow when he actively confronted Dick instead of using all his skills to simply take off, thus putting Jericho in danger over a contract.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Almost every Titan who isn't Gar and/or Conner fall under this.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: While it's true the show had some Wtf moments on the character design and CGI departments, the stunning special effects and visual art are one of its forte points. The show is very appreciated for its original style of filming and how it managed to turn the show, don't tell rule into metaphorical and symbolical shooting. The pilot even earned the TV Drama Cinematography Award from the Canadian Society of Cinematographers Awards. Here is a fanmade video studying the shooting style of the show.
  • Unfortunate Character Design: As stated above, Starfire's rather trashy looking wig and costume has caused many fans to note that she looks like a prostitute. Sadly this turned into constant online comments referring to the character (and indirectly the actress) as 'hooker' or 'prostitute' instead of a genuine criticism of the costuming department or the costume itself.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Some of the objections to the casting description of Tim Drake aren't about the character's Race Lift, but because that race lift is accompanied by a background change where Tim becomes a street kid, which some see as stereotypical, as opposed to his well-liked comics background.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: Jason Todd. Nearly every other character couldn't stand him. Fans, on the other hand, are far more appreciative of him, even gaining sympathy for his treatment during Season 2.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Titans may be part of a franchise that's commonly thought of a lighthearted due to multiple animated series, but kid-friendly it is not. Just the first trailer alone features a dark and brooding atmosphere, people getting mangled, snapped, sliced, burned alive, and Robin himself drops the F-bomb. The fact that it's compared to Netflix MCU and was originally going on TNT should give you a good idea that it was never meant for kids to begin with.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?:
    • Raven being played by thirteen-year-old Teagan Croft has gotten this reaction, as people feel she's too young for the character who is traditionally around sixteen, especially given the age gap with her fellow cast members. Keeping her romantic tension with the significantly older Beast Boy also creates a fair amount of Squick in their interactions that could have been completely avoided with either casting an older actress or cutting that aspect of their relationship out, with little effect on the overall narrative.
    • Anna Diop as Starfire has gotten significant backlash too, even by people who don't mind her skin color, noting that Starfire has been depicted with darker skin in comics before. Sadly, this doesn't negate the fact that the actress had to deal with months and months of brutal racist, colorist and sexist online harassment (leading her to temporarily deactivate her social media accounts) because of the fandoms displeasure with her race and ethnicity, as well as her wig and outfit, all aspects she had no control over but was instead the fault of costuming (see below).
    • A partial case with Iain Glen as Bruce Wayne. He was eagerly welcomed as a great choice upon being announced, but then the Season 2 trailer revealed he was Not Even Bothering with the Accent, meaning we now have to deal with an inexplicably Scottish-accented Bruce.
  • WTH, Costuming Department?
    • People almost unanimously reacted with horror to the wig and outfit choices made for the Kory Anders/Starfire character by the costuming department when unofficial pictures of her were leaked. The horror and disgust continued when the show proper debuted, and it was clear that was her standard appearance.
    • Raven's hair in the pilot episode is very noticeably a wig; due to the fact that the hairline does not blend naturally into the actress's forehead.
    • Even Rose's wig was met with some mixed results, while the wig looks natural, people were not pleased by the hairstyle.
      • Her vigilante mask is also a big Big "NO! NO!", even if her costume was universally praised as being one of the best things of Season 2.
    • Though reception is split and there's plenty who defend it, after much hype the Nightwing suit falls into this for some, due to the bulky plated armour. Putting aside how this design trend has became very overused to the point of backlash for being very impractical in real life, but it's generally agreed to be out of character with Dick Grayson to wear heavy armour due to his lithe fighting style.
  • The Woobie:
    • Rachel/Raven goes through so much stuff in the first season alone. Seeing her mother killed in front of her, raised with something evil inside of her and isolated from everyone was just the very beginning of her story.
    • Gar. He and his parents contracted a disease, and only he survived thanks to the Chief's intervention. He then had to move into Doom Manor, where the closest things he had to parental figures were three loving but very troubled adults who were forced to stay within Doom Manor at all times for their own safety. Meanwhile, there's implication that Chief is an abusive grandfatherly figure to him. He ends up meeting a girl who's an outsider like him, and seeing that she needs help and support, decides to follow her and be her friend. The result of this is them eventually being kidnapped by evil asylum workers who torture him and their two parental surrogates (Kory and Dick), this event leading to him being forced to maul one of the asylum workers to protect Rachel, which clearly leaves him traumatized. Over the course of the next few episodes he has to watch Kory nearly kill Rachel, see the group forcibly split up, see Rachel begin to give in to her demonic heritage and lash out at him, and is experiencing hallucinations that may be due to Trigon's influence or the possible onset of PTSD.
      • Things only get worse in season 2. First he has to witness Trigon and all his "glory" but he also nearly gets beaten to death by his possessed friends. Then in later episodes he has to deal with Rachel continuing to lash out at him. Things seem to look up for the poor guy as he befriends Jason, but even that takes a downhill turn when Jason gets kidnapped by Deathstroke during what was suppose to be a simple recon mission. Also he's left alone with Conner in the tower when everyone else bails on Dick over the truth about Jericho, and later he inadvertently lets Conner attack several cops, gets abducted by Cadmus and they reprogram his brain to obey them.

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