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Teen Titans Roar! is the fifty-second episode in Season 5 of Teen Titans Go!, and the two-hundred-sixty-first overall episode of the series.

Summary 

The Titans become outraged when their favorite childhood cartoon is rebooted, so they come up with a plan to get this new show off the air.

Plot

Starfire is reading inside the Tower on a perfectly calm day. Suddenly, she hears multiple voices saying "Thundercats". Sure enough, the others pop out of the blue, dressed up like the Thundercats. In a parody of the intro to the original 80s cartoon, the Titans cosplay as the Thundercats and sing the Thundercats theme song before they all sit together on the couch. Starfire realizes that the new Thundercats Roar! reboot is about to air, and the others are excited. They reminisce on the joy that the original Thundercats brought them, accompanied by stills from the 80s series.

Robin switches on the TV, and the intro to the reboot finally airs. The Titans are all taken aback by the art style of the reboot. Beast Boy thinks that maybe they were watching the wrong channel, and begs Robin to change it, but Robin disparagingly tells him that this is the reboot and they have to put up with it. The other Titans offer up harsh critiques on the reboot; Beast Boy questions why the character's mouths are shaped like beans, while Raven believes it was drawn by vegans. While the others are arguing, Starfire ends up enjoying the reboot much to her friends' horror. The other Titans lose trust in Starfire, with Robin voicing his disgust that the "greatest show of all time was turned into a comedy", and they leave the room while Star continues watching the show.

Later that day, Starfire meets the others in the kitchen, furiously eating cereal. Concerned, she asks them why they're so much angrier than usual. Robin stops eating and yells at Starfire that they hate the new reboot, before the others join in and continuously roast the show. Star tries to get her friends to calm down, but in his hysteria, Robin says this isn't about himself and the others, but about the show being made in a way that didn't fit his personal tastes. Either way, Star manages to ask her friends to watch Thundercats Roar! with her, hoping that if they give the show a second chance, they might understand her opinion on the show. Everyone reluctantly agrees, thinking they overreacted, and they all go to the living room, and sit on the couch.

At the living room, Starfire is happy that her friends were willing to watch. But this peace doesn't last for long as the others immediately start giving the same angry comments and smashing the TV, regretting having given the show a second chance. Starfire begs the others to watch it, but they disagree, stating they don't need a second chance to see why they find it awful; Cyborg adds on that they find everything about the show awful. The Titans all leave once again, while Star continues to watch.

Later, in Robin's room, Robin discusses his plan to get Thundercats Roar! off the air for good; a petition. Raven says she likes the idea very much, and the others agree to it. Robin declares that they'll need 500 angry signatures to justify the petition, and will send the petition to Warner Bros. Animation to give them a piece of their mind. Everyone is excited, until Starfire comes and asks whether or not 500 signatures will even be enough to convince Warner Bros. that the show isn't worth airing. Beast Boy asks if Starfire has ever been in a room filled with 500 people, and she has, but she is promptly ignored in the other Titans' efforts to get the show cancelled. As the Titans start signing the petition, they justify their hate, claiming that the vegan animators who work on the show only know how to draw poop, they find the show to be garbage, and they want the old Thundercats back. When Robin asks Starfire to sign the petition, she clearly refuses as she likes the show - to which Beast Boy teases her, calling a vegan.

The others head downtown, finding random people off the streets to sign the petition. Many angry signatures later, the others head back to the tower, excited to have gotten 500 signatures. Everyone cheers, except Star, who believes that their efforts were a waste of time, but they continue to demean her. Cyborg puts the petition inside of his arm cannon, and fires it out of the window. The paper soon drifts into the compound of Warner Bros. Animation, lands on a scanner, and is shot back to the Tower through another cannon. The Titans are delighted that Warner Bros. got back to them, Raven stating that they "can't ignore the voice of the people". They open the letter, only to find a thank-you note in it, along with a picture of Bugs Bunny, much to Beast Boy's annoyance. Cyborg tries to figure out why it didn't work, even with their petition. Raven comes very close to realizing that they have to live with the new reboot for life, and Starfire is relieved to see that her friends might have decided to give up their frustration. Robin, still upset from the lack of a response from Warner Bros., yells at Starfire that they will never give up on trying to cancel the show, and they will do whatever it takes, even if it means crossing the line. As a last ditch effort, Raven transports all the Titans into Third-Earth to try and fight the Thundercats in hopes of getting their show cancelled.

The Thundercats are in the middle of one of their many fights against Mumm-Ra, their main antagonist. The Titans watch as Panthro draws out giant metal fists, and he punches Mumm-Ra, knocking him over. Everyone happens to find it funny, which Starfire points out, but the others continue to tease her and claim they didn't laugh. Lion-O spots the Titans, attempting to greet them in a friendly manner, but Robin attacks, only for Lion-O to retaliate. The other Titans similarly get destroyed by the Thundercats; Beast Boy is flailed out of the way by Tygra with his bolo, Raven is run over by Cheetara, and Cyborg is knocked out by Panthro. Having liked the show from the start, Starfire plays with Snarf as the fight rages on. Robin tries to deliver the final blow on Lion-O, by making his staff bigger, only for Lion-O to make his sword bigger. Eventually, Robin's staff gets so big, he can't hold it and falls over, and Lion-O delivers the final blow to him. Robin and his friends are defeated, and Cyborg realizes that for every step the Thundercats take towards comedy, they take two more towards action.

As the Thundercats are all about to destroy the Titans, Starfire gets in the way, and asks mercy for her friends. She claims that they might be immature, but mean no harm. Lion-O compromises, stating that the Titans are fine, but he thinks that they could work on prioritizing other aspects of their life rather than spending so much time criticizing them. Suddenly, a bright light arrives from the heavens, only for Robin to realize that it is the original, 80s Lion-O. He introduces himself, stating that he's been watching their argument from the cartoon afterlife, before expressing that he thinks Thundercats Roar! has the capability to carry on his legacy, and anyone who says otherwise is a poop mouth with poop opinions. He thanks his friends for everything they've done, and tells the new Thundercats to keep trying their best, to which the Roar Lion-O thanks his original counterpart for the "totally unforced endorsement". Finally, the original Lion-O shows off his 'big guns', and impresses the others. As the episode ends, the scene zooms out into a cave, in which 80's Snarf feels neglected, and is shown alongside 2011 Lion-O, and a skeleton of 80's Panthro.

Characters

Song

Trivia

  • This is the final episode in airdate order of Season 5.
    • However, "The Viewers Decide" was the last episode to air in production order. This episode was put on hiatus until Thundercats Roar aired in 2020, but was finished in 2019.
  • This episode had no involvement from the crew of Thundercats Roar outside of the voice cast (Max Mittleman reprises his role as Roar Lion-O, and Larry Kenney voices the 80s Lion-O as he did in the original show) and Michael Jelenic having written the episode, who also wrote the two-part episode "Omens" for the 2011 Thundercats series. A majority of the animation on the Thundercats in this episode was borrowed from the episode "Exodus, Part 2".
  • The episode is a satire of how frustrated and upset fans of a franchise might be when their franchise is rebooted or gains a spin-off, particularly on social media.
    • It is also ironic because the same scenario happened to the Titans; the 2003 Teen Titans was more of an action-comedy hybrid, but Teen Titans Go!'s genre-defying comedy is much different, which upset many fans of the 2003 series.
  • This is the third crossover episode. The first two are "TTG v PPG" and "Cartoon Feud".
  • The TTG crew were able to be scheduled with the voice actors from Thundercats Roar! to record lines for this episode since they both work at the same studio.
  • This episode was released internationally before premiering in the United States.
  • This is one of the few episodes of Teen Titans Go! to have been written as a single draft. When Thundercats Roar released its first sneak peak trailer in May 2018, writer Michael Jelenic found the outrage to be rather disproportionate and silly, so he instantly wrote the whole script. He simply asked Warner Bros. Animation if he could do a Thundercats Roar crossover episode, and promised that it would be funny.
    • The scene towards the end of the episode with 80s Lion-O claiming the people who don't believe Thundercats Roar can carry on the legacy of the series preceding it are "poop mouths with poop opinions" calls back to earlier in the episode, when the Titans are claiming that the vegan animators of the show can only draw poop, and also references the much harsher controversy that Thundercats Roar received on social media, with many harassing people involved with the show and calling them far worse terms than what 80s Lion-O called them.

Continuity

References

  • Each Titan's costume in the parody of the 80s Thundercats intro (except Starfire) takes the place of one of the characters in the intro:
    • Robin is Lion-O
    • Raven is Mumm-Ra
    • Beast Boy is Tygra
    • Cyborg is Panthro
    • Silkie is Snarf
  • A picture of Bugs Bunny, the main mascot of Looney Tunes, appears on the "thank you" letter from Warner Bros. Animation.
    • Beast Boy refers to Bugs as "that wascally wabbit", a phrase that Elmer Fudd frequently uses when referring to Bugs.

Running Gags

  • The Titans (except Starfire) showing their hatred towards the new Thundercats reboot.
    • Beast Boy commenting that the mouths of the characters are shaped like beans.
    • The Titans making fun of Starfire because she likes the new reboot.
  • Starfire trying to get her friends to see the reboot from a new perspective.
  • The Titans (except Starfire) bringing out roasts.

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v - e - d Episode Guide

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 - present
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 One

Top of the Titans: April 27, 2018 - July 20, 2018
Raddest SongsBest Love SongsBeast Boy & Cyborg SongsDance PartyBest Rivals

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