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"Real Orangins" is the ninth episode in the fifth season of Teen Titans Go!, and the two-hundred-eighteenth overall episode of the series.


Robin tries again to tell the real origin story of the Teen Titans.


With no urgent emergencies to attend to, Starfire, Cyborg, Raven, and Beast Boy are hanging out at the Titans Tower, playing some Jenga. Suddenly, Robin bursts into the living room, writhing in pain. The four Titans rush to his attendance, but are peeved when they learn it's just a ruse to get their attention. He's got a good story for them: how he formed the Teen Titans. Raven and the others point out that there's already been a couple episodes detailing their past, but Robin explains that his will be serious—no ridiculousness, only coolness. Beast Boy's a little skeptical about how "cool" Robin can be, but before he can protest any further, Robin sends them all down a trap door to his secret story place. With a great fanfare, he begins the flashback with his days as a mere sidekick...

Years ago in Gotham City, after the Joker had finally been locked away, Commissioner Gordon was just congratulating Batman and the underappreciated Robin. The Boy Wonder was so unrecognized that Batman and Gordon had trouble even seeing him in a dim shadow—that's how worthless he was. Tired of sidekick status (and of the short shorts he had to wear), Robin said his farewells to Batman; he was going to find his own city to fight crime in. Batman bid his apprentice good-bye, although he lost sight of him once again.

Cyborg rudely interrupts Robin's story to point out it's unbelievability, and Beast Boy adds that Batman's not known for being all brooding and menacing. Robin is stupefied—he says there's a reason Batman's called "The Dark Knight." However, Raven contradicts him by pointing towards Batman and Gordon, who are sitting right beside them, laughing it up. Starfire offers the suggestion of not telling such a "tall" story, but Robin shouts the animosity down and continues...

After arriving in the criminal cesspool that is Jump City, Robin realized he would need some sidekicks (or teammates, for politeness), to help clean up the streets. To find some suitable candidates, he logged onto DCUBOOK, a social media for superheroes, and started browsing through the various profiles. Most of them were too boring or too cool, but Cyborg... he showed some potential. Robin traveled to Detroit High, where he found the half-human, half-robot reminiscing about his football career. Alarmed by his entrance and requests for him to join a team, Cyborg initially treated him with hostility; he could never be part of team again in his shape. But when Robin told him it was a superhero team, Cyborg instantly broke out into joy, thinking he was getting an invite to the Justice League. However, his hopes were shot down when Robin announced that it was a new team. Nevertheless, he was still interested.

With the muscle of the team scouted out, Robin next looked to enlist a wild card. An interesting prospect currently resided in Upper Lumumba, Africa: Beast Boy. At the moment, the animal shape-shifter (currently in rhino form) was busy protecting endangered species from poachers and their bolt-action rifles. When an illegal hunter nearly shot him down, he was luckily saved by none other than the Boy Wonder. After Beast Boy thanked Robin for his assistance, he was offered a business card for the Teen Titans. It was all good with him, so long as there were some girls on the team. Robin couldn't guarantee that, but what he could assure was that Beast Boy would make a big difference in the world.

Having given invites to two idiots, Robin now searched for somebody smart to recruit. He had his eyes set on Raven, a dark, infernal individual. As he scanned her bio, Raven was at that present time in the Demonic Dimension, fleeing from some hellish beasts and her wretched father, the demon Trigon. After being demanded to join in his dark deeds, Raven blasted the creatures away with dark magic, then disintegrated her dad with a black death ray. But a new threat now approached her: Robin. She tried frightening him away, but the hero was adamant in convincing Raven to join his team. However, she wasn't too interested in saving the world—at the moment, her favorite show, Pretty Pretty Pegasus was on TV. Robin apologized, but left her a Teen Titans card for later.

アニメ Starfire... Excellent job, Cartoon Network. Hats off to you.

As Robin scrolled through the remaining profiles, his eyes lit up when he saw Starfire's picture. Currently, the Tamaran princess was held captive aboard a Gordanian starship in the Vega System. While the captain of the cruiser was taunting Starfire about her enslavement, an alarm suddenly sounded, and a mysteriously-masked warrior exploded into the chamber. After taking out all hostiles, the man freed Starfire, then took off his mask, revealing himself to be Robin. She instantly kissed him, but to Robin's disappointment, it was merely to insta-assimilate his language (a Tamaranian power). Having lost her throne, Starfire at first wanted to remain hopeless and alone in her grief. However, Robin started to persuade her to join the Titans.

Finally, Robin's dream team was finished. Counting on his teammates (really sidekicks) to show up, he departed to South Side, Jump City, where a group of Thugs were looting a bank. As the gangsters started to surround Robin, he began concluding that this would have to be a solo fight. To his relief, however, the four recruits flew onto the field of battle; they had finally accepted his offer. When Robin wondered why they weren't attacking, though, Raven said they were waiting for his command. At first, he shouted "let's do this, Titans!" but he eventually settled on the more concise "Titans, GO!"

And that's how Robin's origin story of the Teen Titans ends. They all compliment his story...it actually was pretty cool and satisfying. Robin, excited to hear this, asks them if they think anyone will believe it. The account might've been dramatic and emotional, but the Titans confidently assure Robin that absolutely no one will believe it. Adding to his sadness is Batman and Gordon's cruel laughter...


Main Characters

Minor Characters


  • The flashbacks of how Robin recruited his "sidekicks" show different animations.
    • Robin's is the Batman animated series.
    • Beast Boy's are a comic book style.
    • Cyborg's is a Justice League-ish style.
    • Raven's is an edgy art style.
    • Starfire's is an anime style.
  • Like the previous "Orangins" episode, "Real Orangins" is a phony origin episode for the Teen Titans. "Flashback", a two-part episode from Season 4, still stands as the official origin story for Teen Titans Go!.
    • Out of the four Teen Titans he had selected as his faithful "teammates", the only two Robin had actually pitted are Starfire (known only as Princess Koriand'r then), initially a recently captured slave to the vile Gordanians, and Raven to having to serve an inter-dimensional demonic father of pure evilness.
  • The Titans' origin story ends, the opening theme song has been briefly played.
  • In Robin's story, Batman is voiced by Kevin Conroy, who has famously voiced Batman in various animated programs and video games, most notably Batman: The Animated Series. In this episode he's credited as "BTAS Batman".


  • This episode is a sequel to "Orangins".
  • Raven's love towards Pretty Pretty Pegasus is displayed.
  • Starfire mentions about Tamaranian language through lip contact from "The Inner Beauty of a Cactus" is brought up again.
  • Cyborg's desire to join the Justice League is brought up again, and so is Robin's fish breath.
  • Starfire remembers the true origin of the team as showcased in "Flashback".
  • Cyborg also recalls his concocted origins from "Orangins".
  • This is the thirteenth episode to directly reference events from previous episode.


  • In the scene where Robin leaves Batman, the animation is based off of Batman: The Animated Series from the 90s.
  • Starfire's anime styled sequence takes after 1990s conventions of anime aesthetics, including how her hair is evocative of 1990s space sci fi series female mainstays like Nei of Phantasy Star and All Purpose Cultural Catgirl Nuku Nuku, and how Robin's hair is fashioned after Vegeta of Dragon Ball Z.
  • Jason Todd is seen in the icon wearing his Red Hood outfit with two crowbars in his hand when Robin accesses the computer to look for recruits to form the Teen Titans.


  • Robin's version of the Titans' origins contradicts with "Flashback". However this could have been because he wanted to make the stories more serious.

Running Gags

  • New art styles for each Titan recruitment.


The Transcript for "Real Orangins" can be found here.


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Season 1: April 23, 2013 - June 5, 2014
Legendary SandwichPie BrosDriver's EdDog HandDouble TroubleThe DateDude RelaxLaundry DayGhostboyLa Larva de AmorHey Pizza!GorillaGirl's Night OutYou're Fired!Super RobinTower PowerParasiteStarliarMeatball PartyStaff MeetingTerra-izedArtful DodgersBurger vs. BurritoMatchedColors of RavenThe Left LegBooksLazy SundayStarfire the TerriblePower MovesStaring at the FutureNo PowerSidekickCaged TigerSecond ChristmasNose MouthLegsBreakfast CheeseWafflesBe MineOppositesBirdsBrain FoodIn and OutLittle BuddiesMissingUncle JokesMás y MenosDreamsGrandma VoiceReal MagicPuppets, Whaaaaat?

Season 2: June 12, 2014 - July 30, 2015
Mr ButtMan PersonPiratesMoney GrandmaI See YouBrianNatureSalty CodgersKnowledgeSlumber PartyLove MonstersBaby HandsCaramel ApplesSandwich ThiefFriendshipVegetablesThe MaskSerious BusinessHalloweenBoys vs GirlsBody AdventureRoad TripThanksgivingThe Best RobinMouth HoleHot GarbageRobin BackwardsCrazy DaySmile BonesReal Boy AdventuresHose WaterLet's Get SeriousTamaranian VacationRocks and WaterMultiple Trick PonyTruth, Justice and What?Two Bumble Bees and a WaspOil DrumsVideo Game ReferencesCool SchoolKicking a Ball and Pretending to Be HurtHead FruitYearbook MadnessBeast ManOperation Tin ManNeanCampfire StoriesAnd the Award for Sound Design Goes to RobThe HIVE FiveThe Return of SladeMore of the SameSome of Their Parts

Season 3: July 31, 2015 - October 13, 2016
Cat's FancyLeg DayDignity of TeethCroissantSpice GameI'm the SauceHey You, Don't Forget about Me in Your MemoryAccept the Next Proposition You HearThe Fourth Wall40%, 40%, 20%Grube's FairytalesA FarceScary Figure DanceAnimals, It's Just a Word!BBBDAY!Black FridayTwo ParterThe True Meaning of ChristmasSquash & StretchGarage SaleSecret GardenThe Cruel Giggling GhoulHow 'Bout Some EffortPyramid SchemeBeast Boy's St. Patrick's Day Luck, and It's BadThe Teen Titans Go Easter Holiday ClassicBatman v Teen Titans: Dark InjusticeBottle EpisodeFinally a LessonArms Race with LegsObinrayWally TRad Dudes with Bad TudesOperation Dude RescueHistory LessonThe Art of NinjutsuThink About Your FutureTTG v PPGCoconut Cream PiePure ProteinOpen Door PolicyCrazy Desire IslandThe Titans ShowBooty ScootyWho's Laughing NowOregon TrailSnuggle TimeOh Yeah!Riding the DragonThe OverbiteThe Cape

Season 4: October 20, 2016 - June 25, 2018
Shrimps and Prime RibHalloween v ChristmasBooby Trap HouseFish WaterTV KnightTeen Titans Save ChristmasBBSFBDAY!The StreakThe Inner Beauty of a CactusMovie NightBBRAEPermanent RecordTitan Saving TimeThe Gold StandardMaster DetectiveEaster CreepsHand ZombieEmployee of the Month: ReduxThe AvogodoOranginsJinxedBrain PercentagesBL4Z3Hot Salad WaterI Saw You DanceThe Story in Your EyesPlaying Hard to GetThe Night Begins to ShineLicationLabor DayClassic TitansOnes and ZeroesCareer DayTV Knight 2Justice League's Next Top Talent Idol StarThe AcademyCostume ContestThrone of BonesDemon PromThanksgettingThe Self-Indulgent 200th Episode Spectacular!BBCYFSHIPBDAYBeast GirlFlashbackBro-PocalypseMo' Money Mo' ProblemsTV Knight 3

Season 5: June 25, 2018 - April 4, 2020
The Scoop!Chicken in the CradleKaboomsTower RenovationMy Name is JoseThe Power of ShrimpsMonster SquadReal OranginsQuantum FunThe FightThe GrooverJustice League's Next Top Talent Idol Star: Second Greatest Team EditionHow's This for a Special? SpaaaaceBBRBDAYSlapping Butts and Celebrating for No ReasonNostalgia is Not a Substitute for an Actual StoryBusiness Ethics Wink WinkGenie PresidentTall Titan TalesI Used to Be a PeoplesThe Metric System vs FreedomThe ChaffThem Soviet BoysLittle ElvisBooty EggsTV Knight 4Lil' DimplesDon't Be an IcarusStockton, CA!What's Opera TitansForest PiratesThe BergeracSnot and TearsCampfire!What We Learned at CampCommunicate OpenlyRoyal JellyStrength of a Grown ManHad to Be ThereGirls Night InThe Great DisasterThe Viewers Decide

Season 6: October 4, 2019 - May 1, 2021
Butt AtomsTV Knight 5Witches BrewThat's What's Up!Crab ShenanigansBrobotsBrain FlipBeast Boy on a ShelfChristmas CrusadersWe're Off to Get AwardsBat ScoutsWalk AwayRecord BookMagic ManTitans Go CasualRain on Your Wedding DayEgg HuntJustice League's Next Top Talent Idol Star: Justice League EditionMission to Find the Lost StemsDrumsGuitarBassYou're The OneWhere Exactly on the Globe is Carl Sanpedro? - Part 1Where Exactly on the Globe is Carl Sanpedro? - Part 2Where Exactly on the Globe is Carl Sanpedro? - Part 3Where Exactly on the Globe is Carl Sanpedro? - Part 4Ghost With the MostBucket ListTV Knight 6KryptoniteThumb WarToddler Titans…Yay!Baby MouthThe CastSuperhero FeudLucky StarsVarious Modes of TransportationCool UnclesButter WallBBRAEBDAYDon't Press PlayReal ArtJust a Little Patience...Yeah...YeahVillains in a Van Getting GelatoI Am ChairBumgorfThe MugHafo SafoZimdings

Season 7: January 8, 2021-present
Justice League's Next Top Talent Idol Star: Dance Crew EditionFeed MePig in a PokeP.P.A Little Help PleaseMarv Wolfman and George PérezSpace House - Part 1Space House - Part 2Space House - Part 3Space House - Part 4Cy and BeastyT is for TitansCreative GeniusesManor and MannerismsTrans Oceanic Magical CruisePolly Ethylene and Tara PhthalateEEbowsBatman's Birthday GiftWhat a Boy WondersDoomsday PreppersFat CatsJamDCPepo the PumpkinmanBreakfastCaptain CoolA Doom Patrol ThanksgivingGlunkakakakahControl FreakA Holiday StoryThe DripStandards & PracticesBelly MathFree PerkGo!

Top of the Titans: April 27, 2018 - July 20, 2018
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