The original Teen Titans series produced five seasons of sophisticated stories that transcended both its comic book source material and other animated series. Along the way, the show earned its place in the superhero cartoon pantheon. Before Teen Titans Season 6 began production, though, Cartoon Network canceled the show, shocking fans.
When the network announced a new show based around the characters, Teen Titans Go!, fans remained excited about seeing their favorite teenage super-team again. They grew disappointed, though, when they discovered it was a slapstick, all-ages show that traded nuanced relationships and intense action sequences for silly jokes and kid-centric plots.
Fans of Teen Titans haven't given up on Robin, Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy, and Cyborg. More than a decade of discussions helped generate plenty of fan theories about what happened to the team and which factors led to the show's sudden cancellation. The 2018 feature-length Teen Titans Go! to the Movies added more fuel to these speculative fires with a post-credits scene hinting at a possible return of the original Teen Titans. While no one knows if this means Season 6 will arrive soon, it's as good a time as any to brush up on Teen Titans fan theories.
No One Can Agree On The Identity Of Red X
Robin originally creates Red X as an alter-ego to get closer to Slade, the Titans' main antagonist. After the Red X costume disappears, though, someone in the suit continues to pop up throughout the series - and their identity is never revealed. Fans have a lot of theories about who wears the mask, and each one sounds interesting.
Redditor /u/EmperorJoker notes that common assumptions don't make sense within the series lore:
Many believe Red X is Jason Todd, but this is simply not possible. The Jason Todd character is the second Robin, and he succeeds Dick Grayson who goes on to become Nightwing.
It's shown in an episode of Teen Titans where Starfire goes to the future that Robin becomes Nightwing meaning he is Dick Grayson. It should also be noted Red X often refers to Robin as "kid," meaning he's possibly older or even the same age as Robin. This means he cannot be Jason.
As for who I think Red X is I think he could be a Robin from another Earth. I believe this because they have the same voice actor and it makes sense Teen Titans would at some point have explored the Multiverse.
It's also entirely possible that Red X is the secret son of Catwoman and Batman, and him messing with Robin was his way of spiting Bruce for being an absent father. [This] makes sense if you consider Red X's character he's like a hybrid of Batman and Catwoman and shares traits of both characters. This would also have been a good way for Batman to be introduced if he were Red X's father.
However, whoever Red X was I do believe he was always intended to be an original character.9929Do you buy this theory?
'Teen Titans Go!' Is All A DreamVideo: YouTube
Possibly borrowing from the St. Elsewhere series finale, Teen Titans Go! might have some direct ties to Teen Titans. A few fans think the zanier TTG takes place in the original Beast Boy's mind. The YouTube channel Cartoon Conspiracy breaks down this mind-boggling theory and how the other members of the team act like huge goofs in the newer show, reflecting more of Beast Boy's personality.
Redditor /u/SupaBloo posits a similar theory about Teen Titans Go!:
I think that each episode could be an adventure that Beast Boy is imagining in his mind. Now I'm not saying that Beast Boy is crazy, just that he may be thinking up these adventures for fun, maybe even to write his own comic book series or something. The tone of TTG is what leads me to this theory.
In Teen Titans, there is a darker tone to the series. The entire series was done with great character development, big story arcs and continuity, and dark themes in many episodes. TTG throws this all out the window for a complete slapstick comedy show. It uses the same characters and established supporting characters and villains from Teen Titans, but everyone is pretty much the most immature version of themselves they could possibly be. In the original series, Beast Boy was largely immature, even in battle. Sure, he could get serious, but he was the comic relief. In TTG, everyone is the comic relief. It's as if everyone was given Beast Boy's personality mixed with their own turned up to 11 in TTG.
Also, each character retains whatever personality quirks they had in Teen Titans, but that's their ONLY trait in TTG, and it's extreme.9832Do you buy this theory?
'Teen Titans Go!' Is An Altered Version Of The 'Teen Titans' Universe
Another theory connecting Teen Titans with Teen Titans Go! comes from a character that appeared in the second season of the original series. According to Redditor /u/mbc2085, the fifth-dimensional being Larry (also known as Nosyarg Kcid) used his reality-bending powers to change the universe in which Teen Titans takes place.
In this new universe, the Teen Titans engage in slapstick escapades to entertain other fifth-dimensional beings like Larry. The post-credits scene in Teen Titans Go! to the Movies, meanwhile, shows the original Titans discovering a way to fix their world.8627Do you buy this theory?
The Teen Titans Are In A Computer Simulation
Redditor /u/Jbolero believes the Titans are never actually in danger because the entire series takes place inside a computer simulation:
Teen Titans takes place in a computer simulation run by Batman and the Justice League to train new heroes. The main villain of the series, Slade, doesn't have a face, perhaps because he is actually a computer program that was never programmed to have a face. There are only about 10 citizens of the city, even though there seems to be a lot of empty buildings. Furthermore, the titans are only shown at a few locations that don't have anything to do with the villains: the tower, the pizza place and the park. Could it be that those places simply weren't rendered and villain's lairs are only loaded as needed?
Finally, by my count, the city is conquered three times. Once by Slade and Terra, once by Mad Mod, and once by Trigon. This series must take place in the DC universe, as evidenced by the existence of Robin. If this were a real city, why wouldn't any of the adult heroes swoop in, especially since the Titans literally stop the apocalypse? The only solution is that the city was never in danger. This, combined with the limited scope of the city, can only mean that the show takes place in a computer simulation.5175Do you buy this theory?