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Teen Titans is an animated series that aired on Cartoon Network from July 19, 2003 to January 16, 2006 and was based off the comic book series of the same name.

"When there's trouble, you know who to call..."

"When there's trouble, you know who to call..."


Plot

The show focused on the Teen Titans, five teenage superheroes that protect Jump City from various supervillains including the main antagonist Slade, whom Robin is obsessed with defeating.

Why It Rocks

  1. Very good animation with an anime-esque art style.
  2. Some episodes feature the theme song in Japanese.
  3. Each season focuses heavily on a specific Titan and their character development.
    • Season One focused on Robin and his obsession with defeating Slade.
    • Season Two focused on the temporary Titan Terra, whom Beast Boy falls in love with.
    • Season Three focused on Cyborg and his grudge against the H.I.V.E. leader, Brother Blood.
    • Season Four focused on Raven and her evil father, the demon god Trigon.
    • Season Five focused on Beast Boy and his maturing into a fine hero as a foe from his past resurfaces to destroy all young heroes.
    • The feature film, Trouble in Tokyo, focused on Starfire and her relationship with Robin as the Titans face off against a Japanese crime lord and the foe that's controlling him.
  4. Season Two and Season Four focused on two major Teen Titans comic arcs. Season Two was based on The Judas Contract, and Season Four was based on The Terror of Trigon.
  5. Offered a proper blend of humor and action.
  6. 65 episodes, plus a bonus episode that was online-only.
  7. Had several original villains made just for the show, such as Billy Numerous, Cinderblock, Control Freak and Red X.
  8. The Titans themselves get a lot of character development.
  9. The popularity of Raven in Teen Titans brought her so much new popularity that DC resurrected her in the comics.
  10. Slade is arguably one of the most terrifying villains in cartoon history.
  11. Some of the villains are rather likable, especially Jinx, who eventually turned good in the final season.
  12. A game was made based off of it and it was decent.
  13. It's responsible for introducing Cheshire's now-iconic cat mask.
  14. Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo, the TV movie and the true series finale, is amazing.
  15. It came back for a crossover movie with Teen Titans Go! in 2019.
  16. Tackles mature topics like Racism.
  17. Each character is likable.

Bad Qualities

  1. The series' cancellation left a lot of things unresolved such as the true identity of Red X, who was responsible for the toxin in Slade's mask and how Terra came back from the dead.
  2. Characters can be idiots at some parts, and lack the deeper characterization from the comics.
  3. Out of all the main characters, Starfire never got a whole season focused on her, the Trouble in Tokyo movie notwithstanding.
  4. The show was made lighter than than most DC Animated Universe shows (despite being on its own universe) to be suited for a younger audience (like Static Shock), but lacked the nuance of those other adaptations as a result. Villains often had sympathetic motivations removed in order to not appeal to kids (a notable example being Slade, who in the comics, had a grudge against the Titans for the death of his son).
  5. The last episode, "Things Change", was an incredibly bad series finale, due to it concluding nothing.
  6. It has some clichés.

Reception

Teen Titans was one of Cartoon Network's most loved shows, with its animation style and character development. It spawned its own comic book series, feature film and video games. Even years after its cancellation, fans still seek a sixth season.