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(2003–2006)

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The Teen Titans' real names are: Beast Boy - Garfield Logan; Cyborg - Victor 'Vic' Stone; Raven - just 'Raven' (later she assumes the name 'Rachel Roth'); Starfire - Koriand'r (a.k.a. 'Kory Anders'); Terra - Tara Markov;Robin-Dick Grayson.
In the DC comics, Raven is not a telekinetic. Thanks to the popularity of the show and her character. Her comic counterpart was brought back from the dead.
Killer Moth's house is decorated identically to that of the Brady Bunch.
In the episode "The Mad Mod", the Mad Mod tries to brainwash Starfire by propping her eyes open and forcing her to watch dizzying images. This is a reference to the Ludovico method used to make Alex non-violent in the movie A Clockwork Orange (1971) which starred Malcolm McDowell, who does the voice of the Mad Mod, as Alex.
The opening credits of the show featured two versions of the theme song: one in English and the other in Japanese. The Japanese version is not a direct translation of the English lyrics. Beast Boy sings a translation of the Japanese Lyrics in "Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo."
Slade Wilson(aka Deathstroke The Terminator) and Brother Blood are significantly different from their comic book counterparts. In the comics, Slade was a high priced bounty hunter in the mold of Boba Fett. In addition, the name Deathstroke was considered too violent sounding, so the producers decided to stick with his real name. Brother Blood got to keep his codename, but his background was completely altered. He is still a sorceror, but he was changed to a more traditional criminal mastermind, instead of the demonic cult leader of the comics.
The show makes multiple references to Gotham City, the home of another DC comic hero, The Batman (2004) who was partners with Robin before he joined the Teen Titans.
Many parts of the series are inspired by the anime FLCL (2000) , most of them being animation style. Occasionally, these references actually involve story and character points. The most repeated example is Beast Boy's love of mopeds - a Vespa motor scooter (also used here in "Mad Mod") belongs to Haruhara Haruko, the female lead in FLCL
The show's theme song is sung by Japanese rockers Puffy Ami Yumi.
Marv Wolfman, who wrote for the comic series, wrote two episodes, one of which was "Deep Six", the episode which involves Aqualad, the other, "Titans East", for the third season.
The Teen Titan lineup featured in this show is based on the "classic" lineup featured in the 1980s comic by Marv Wolfman and George Perez. Building on the momentum of this series, the comic restored this lineup, teaming them with younger protégés. Missing from that lineup are the original Kid Flash (Wally West, who was already being used as the Flash in the Justice League cartoon) and Wonder Girl (Donna Troy, who would not have fit into the DCAU's Wonder Woman's origin).
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"Final Exam" was the third episode made, but the first aired. "Car Trouble" was the 11th made, but the 13th aired.
Near the end of the episode "Revloution", Mad Mod has small statues of Raven, Cyborg, Beast Boy and Starfire on a chess-like strategy table. The poses are taken directly from the line of maquettes released from DC Direct. A Robin statue was made but wasn't included.
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DC Comics had originally optioned the Teen Titans to be an animated series in the early 1980s, but since the rights to Robin (in conjunction with Batman) were already held by another animation company at the time, a series never went beyond the development stage.
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The Teen Titans were originally animated as part of "The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure" (1967) in three 7-minute cartoons ("The Monster Machine"; "The Space Beast Roundup"; and "Operation Rescue"). The team consisted of Aqualad, Wonder Girl, Kid Flash and Speedy (omitting founding member Robin).
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Much of the second season was based on the comic saga "The Judas Contract" from the pages of The New Teen Titans by George Perez and Marv Wolfman.
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Writer 'Joe Esposito' noted that if there ever was a season, General Pain would make an appearance, with the main villain being Trechiarch: The Monarch to the Kindgom of Doom. The script for an episode called "The Monarch to the Kindgom of the Doomed" was written.
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In the Wolfman/Perez New Teen Titans comics, Garfield Logan was called Changeling. However, the creative team decided to use the character's original codename Beast Boy for the show. The character's codename was changed back to Beast Boy in the comics around the time the show began.
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The Doom Patrol made their animated debut in this series. The lineup included Mento, Elasti-Girl, Negative Man, and Robotman.
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Cartoon Network asked the writer and producers to do something they rarely get asked to do; They were asked to take risks. Sam Register, the Vice President of Cartoon Network, said to the creative team, "I want you to do things you're not supposed to do."
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Each of the Titans was supposed to have a specific color scheme. That's why Beast Boy's uniform was changed from red-and-white to black-and-purple.
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The creative team on the show decided Beast Boy should not talk using any human language while in animal form.
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When Tara Strong originally auditioned for the show, she thought she'd be a lock for Starfire since she did the voice of Bubbles from The Powerpuff Girls (1998). However, Hynden Walch recorded a really amazing audition for Starfire that just blew the producers away.
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The show's version of Terra is more conflicted within herself whereas the comic version of the character was just really, really evil.
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The producers were having a really hard time finding the right voice for Raven. Andrea Romano, the voice director, brought Tara Strong in who originally did her Batgirl voice to read for the part. However, before leaving the audition she tried a raspy voice which got her the part. The final voice for Raven is a like a raspy Zelda Rubenstein.
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Gizmo was redesigned for this series into a pre-teen kid as opposed to being a middle-aged dwarf as he was in the comic book.
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Writer and producer David Slack was completely star struck to meet Wil Wheaton [the voice of Aqualad]. Wheaton is a big fan of the comics and he was star-struck to meet Marv Wolfman.
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Lilith Clay, a character who occasionally appeared in the comics, was not adapted for this series due to her powers being too similar to Raven's powers.
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The fifth season had a slightly different kind of storytelling approach by having one large arc. This was because thought the Titans grew up a bit after saving the world from Trigon and could handle bigger problems.
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Since the fifth season had the Titans face more world threats, teen heroes from all around the world were introduced.
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In contrast to the other Tamaraneans shown on the series, all of whom have red hair and green eyes, Blackfire is shown to have black hair and blue-purple eyes. Unlike the comics, Blackfire also has the ability to fly through the air at will.
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Originally, the producers didn't even know they would do a story arc with Slade. They had originally decided Slade would just be behind everything similar to Dr. Claw from Inspector Gadget (1983). But after looking a few episodes, they decided they were teasing something and if they didn't pay it off, they were going to disappoint a lot of people. All discussions and ideas lead to dead ends until Bruce Timm visited Glen Murakami's office and looked at the scripts for "Masks" and "Apprentice". Timm thought the story was really about Slade trying to take Robin away from his friends.
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Producer Glen Murakami wanted the show to have an iconic theme song, similar to Batman (1966) and _"Spider-Man" (1967)_ because he felt that no one else was doing that for anymore.
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The show is set in an alternate 60's West Coast city that's like a combination between San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego. This is different than the New Teen Titans comic which definitely took place in New York. To coincide with the show, a new group of Titans in the comics formed in San Francisco.
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When adapting Terra, the producers wanted to make her different than the comic book version and more contemporary. They had her wear more normal clothes, rather than a straight super-hero outfit.
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Mas Y Menos, who are kind of a cross between Impulse and the Wonder Twins, were created for this series due to the desire to have a speedster on Titans East.
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When the show was in early development, the show runners were considering giving Robin a different look by throwing out the red shirt and green underpants for a halfway-to-Nightwing costume.
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For Cyborg's design in the show, producer Glen Murakami was influenced by the super android from Kikaida.
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Jinx was redesigned for this series into a teen with pale skin, pink hair and dark attire as opposed to an Indian woman wearing only a white two-piece loincloth bikini with golden jewelry.
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Thunder and Lightning were written in this series like characters of mythic proportion from a fable.
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In this series, Aqualad gets a new look with long hair and a blue version of his comic book costume, with long pants, mixed with Aquaman's camouflage costume.
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Teen Titans was one of the DC properties Cartoon Network's Sam Register wanted to adapt because he is a huge fan of the Marv Wolfman/George Perez New Teen Titans comics from the 1980's.
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Writer and producer David Slack admitted the creative team flew by the seat of their pants a bit in the first season. Things were much more planned out in the proceeding seasons.
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Sam Register wanted Titans East to be a bigger part of the show. However, the creative team only planned on using them as much as they did because they felt sometimes like they were doing a spin-off.
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Soto, the dim-witted villain in episode 2.2 ("Every Dog Has His Day"), is named after 'Alex Soto', one of the Teen Titan's directors.
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Producer Glen Murakami said, the creative staff took the Wolfman/Perez (80's) Teen Titans and mixed them with the spirit of the Cardy/Haney (60's) Teen Titans when adapting this series.
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The producers decided to portray Aqualad like a swim team/pro surfer guy. Not the pro surfer "dude", but the guy who's serious about it.
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Originally, the creative team wanted to show Terra being part of the group more. More episodes during the second season were supposed to have Terra in them so she would have felt like part of the group. That way, when the betrayal happened, it would have been more of a shock. However, they ended up getting crunched for time and couldn't do that in the series.
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In this series, Aqualad had the ability to control water by means of Hydrokinesis. According to producer Glen Murakami the change was made because, "it seemed more anime".
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Trigon was redesigned for his official debut in the fourth season because he had to be meaner and scarier.
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The fifth season at one point was going to be 20 episodes. Slade and the Brotherhood were going to team up at one point and the Chief (the leader of the Doom Patrol) and Robotman were going to appear for another story. Also Thunder and Lightning and Red Star were supposed to make another appearance There was a lot of stuff planned, but there wasn't much time to go forward with those plans.
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Sam Register suggested the idea of bringing back Red X without Robin in the suit. The crew drew inspiration from the Joshua character (from Teen Titans #20) as well as characters like Boba Fett from Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Racer X from Speed Racer (1967).
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Unlike her comic incarnation, Bumblebee does not wear a mask or goggles.
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Episode 1.10, "Mad Mod", was originally called "Detention", and "Winner Take All" was originally "It's How You Play The Game."
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Beast Boy does not eat meat much like his voice actor Greg Cipes does.
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