Teen Titans Is The Greatest DC Superhero Cartoon Ever Made, Fight Me
There have been several classic superhero cartoons over the years. Fox Kids' X-Men cartoon, Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League, and so many others are lauded and given proper critical acclaim by fans and critics alike. However, the best superhero cartoon of them all is Teen Titans.
Blasphemy! Nah, but it's true. The Teen Titans cartoon isn't just one of the best DC Comics animated shows, but is one of the best superhero cartoons, period. The amazing theme song, the great voice actors, and the fleshed-out character arcs are just a few pieces of evidence that prove the show's greatness. Read on for a full list of reasons why Teen Titans is the best superhero cartoon ever!
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Raven And Starfire Are Fully Realized Female Characters
Many children's superhero shows are focused mostly on the dudes and the female characters' personalities are simply "they're the girls of the group." Not so with Teen Titans. Starfire and Raven are two distinct female characters that have very different personalities. The positive Starfire is seen as nobly joyful and, while naive, doesn't fall into a dumb ditzy girl trope. Raven is a bit anti-social and sarcastic but never plays into the killjoy girl stereotype. They are both game for fun, are seen as equals by their male counterparts, and never fall into damsel-in-distress territory.
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Slade Is A Formidable Villain
For a show that is aimed at younger kids, Slade is refreshing. While most superhero shows aim at youngsters go for a villain that's mostly comical, Slade is a no-nonsense threat that the Titans take seriously. Plus, he's voiced by Ron Perlman, which only turns his badassness up to 11.
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Every Character Is Distinct
When it comes to the Titans roster, everyone has their part to play in terms of abilities and personality. Robin is the no-nonsense leader and tactician. Cyborg is the powerhouse with a big heart for fun. Beast Boy is the shapeshifting jokester that struggles to be accepted. Starfire is the naive yet powerful heart of the team. Raven is one of the most powerful sorcerers on Earth with an even more powerful eye-roll. There aren't any filler characters and everyone contributes something in terms of personality and team dynamics.
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There Are Quality Thematic Episodes
Many of the Teen Titans episodes focus on themes that are important for children and adults. The episode "Fear Itself" focuses on Raven acknowledging her fear - rather than giving it power or trying to simply ignore it - in order to overcome it. "Divide and Conquer" focuses on the importance of teamwork and cooperation even if there is friction within your team. There are deeper subtexts and important life lessons in many of the episodes.
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The Relationships Between Characters Are Engaging
Unlike many superhero cartoons, the friendship between each member of the Titans feels earned and we see how their relationships ebb and flow throughout the series. Sure, Robin and Cyborg are besties, but they butt heads often. The budding romance between Robin and Starfire evolves and never feels rushed. The relationship and friendship dynamics within the group feel natural and realistic, which is odd, considering how exaggerated and dynamic the cartoon looks.
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It's Kid Friendly Yet Sophisticated
While Teen Titans was aimed at younger viewers, it didn't always deal with kid stuff. The show handles the complexities of love and betrayal in storylines like the relationship between Beast Boy and Terra. The proposed mentorship between Slade and Robin provides an unusual shade of gray that doesn't appear in most children's programming. On top of that, once you take away the magic and demonic elements, the relationship between Raven and her father Trigon is something usually reserved for adult dramas. While the show is mostly lighthearted and fun, it never shies away from more mature topics and problems.